Deputy Director and State Medicaid Director
Linda Elam is Deputy Director and State Medicaid Director at the District of Columbia’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF). As Deputy Director for Medicaid, Dr. Elam oversees the offices responsible for program operations, policy and research, health care delivery management, health reform and innovation and the Office of the Medical Director. Previously, Dr. Elam served as the Director of the Health Care Policy and Planning Administration within DHCF. Dr. Elam also served as agency Interim Director during the transition between the Fenty and Gray mayoral administrations.
Prior to joining DHCF, Dr. Elam was a Principal Policy Analyst with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, where she focused on prescription drug policy, racial and ethnic disparities in health care, and mental health. Dr. Elam’s policy expertise, industry experience and basic science background give her a unique perspective on health care. She has authored and contributed to briefs, journal articles and book chapters, primarily in the area of prescription drug policy for low-income Americans, and she has presented to a wide range of audiences on topics including Medicaid and Medicare drug policy, the dually eligible population and Medicaid’s role in the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Elam received her B.S. in zoology from Howard University, her M.P.H. in Health Policy and Administration from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University.