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Lisa Clemans-Cope
Senior Research Fellow
Health Policy Center

Lisa Clemans-Cope is a senior research fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her areas of expertise include substance use disorder and opioid use disorder and treatment, health use and spending, access to and use of health care, private insurance, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, health reform legislation and regulation, and health-related survey and administrative data. She has led qualitative and quantitative research projects examining the impacts of policies to integrate physical, behavioral, and substance use treatment; assessing treatment interventions for opioid use disorder; and assessing policies to increase access to treatment. Her research includes analyses of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid program costs and quality, hospital costs under Medicaid and Medicare, access to care under Medicare, and private health insurance.

Clemans-Cope has published her research in the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, Pediatrics, and Inquiry. Her work has been widely cited in the media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, National Journal,, Huffington Post, Incidental Economist, and Modern Healthcare. She has appeared on NPR and Fox News.

Clemans-Cope has a BA in economics from Princeton University and a PhD in health economics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Research Areas
Health and health care
Social safety net
Race and equity
Aging and retirement
Children and youth
Disability equity policy
Climate change, disasters, and community resilience
Kids in context
Immigrant communities and racial equity
Families with low incomes
Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Racial inequities in health