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Donna Friedsam

Donna Friedsam

Expert on health care financing, coverage, access, and cost; state Medicaid and CHIP programs

Distinguished Researcher; Health Policy Programs Director, Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) College of Letters and Science Work: 608-265-9377 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @@DonnaFriedsam


  • Medicaid, BadgerCare, Affordable Care Act, and other safety net programs
  • State health policy and health reform
  • Health care access, financing, cost, coverage, and quality
  • Implementation of federal health care reform
  • Disparities in health status and health care utilization


  • Lead evaluation of Wisconsin BadgerCare Plus (Medicaid/CHIP) program
  • Former executive director, Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
  • Founded the Evidence-Based Health Policy Project and Covering Wisconsin