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Managing Director, Medicaid Program

Moira Forbes is a health policy leader with over 25 years of experience working with state and federal agencies on Medicaid and CHIP policy and operations. She focuses on providing time-sensitive, evidence-based analysis to support policymaking, operational planning, and program evaluation. She has worked with a wide range of health care stakeholders including providers, employers, public and private payers, foundations, trade associations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other health and human services agencies, state legislatures, and Congress. These diverse experiences help her provide well-informed insights for clients at all stages of the program lifecycle.

Forbes will help state and local governments identify areas where new approaches and innovative solutions can help public payers and providers solve complex health delivery challenges. She will also provide strategic support to federal agencies to assist with health care policy and operations.

Before coming to Abt, Forbes was the Principal Policy Director at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, a non-partisan legislative agency that provides Medicaid and CHIP policy and data analysis and makes recommendations to Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the states. She led the Commission's work on Medicaid and CHIP financing and payment, managed care, program integrity, and state capacity. She previously held positions at HHS and the Lewin Group. Forbes worked with states and health plans on strategic and operational initiatives and led several projects related to the collection and analysis of programmatic, claims, and eligibility data. She has extensive experience leading multidisciplinary teams in the design and implementation of complex, large-scale health care transformation efforts.

Forbes is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and has been appointed to positions on many civic, educational, and community organizations.


  • Medicaid Program Implementation

  • Stakeholder Engagement

  • Technical Assistance & Implementation


Moira Forbes