Janet O'Keeffe

Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst

Janet O'Keeffe, DrPH, has more than 20 years of experience in health, long-term care, aging, disability, and social policy analysis and research. She is a national expert on Medicaid and has researched policy issues such as eligibility for services, coverage of services in residential care settings, and adult day health services. She recently completed a project to update a report for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Medicaid home and community services. She is also working on a project for the Hawaii Long-Term Commission to prepare policy options for addressing the long-term care needs of their growing older population. She recently completed an 8-year study of the Federal Systems Change Grants for Community Living Program funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is currently working on a project to evaluate grants aimed at increasing enrollment of children in Medicaid and states' children’s health insurance programs. In addition to her extensive experience as a policy analyst on a wide range of health and social policy issues, she has clinical experience as a registered nurse in health and long-term care settings.


DrPH, University of California; MPH, University of California; BSN, State University of New York.

Latest Publications

Why Most of What Everybody Knows About Medicaid Spend Down Is Wrong: New Estimates and Policy Implications — Gerontologist
Wiener, J., Anderson, W.L., Khatutsky, G., Kaganova, Y., & O'Keeffe, J. (Nov 2013)
Medicaid spend down: Implications for long-term services and supports and aging policy
Wiener, J.M., Anderson, W.L., Khatutsky, G., Kaganova, Y., O'Keeffe, J., Tumlinson, A., et al. (Mar 2013)
Medicaid spend down: New estimates and implications for long-term services and supports financing reform. Final report
Wiener, J.M., Anderson, W., Khatutsky, G., Kaganova, Y., & O'Keeffe, J. (Mar 2013)
Initiatives of the FY 2004 mental health systems transformation grantees
Anderson, W.L., O'Keeffe, J., & O'Keeffe, C. (Jun 2009)
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