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Katherine Jett Hayes, J.D.

Katherine Jett Hayes is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (GW). As a member of the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, she specializes in legal and policy matters related to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, private health insurance, long-term care, and health reform implementation.

She has over twenty-five years experience in health policy, serving Members of the House and Senate and a governor. Prior to joining GW, she served vice president for health policy at Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc., as a health policy advisor to Senator Evan Bayh (IN), Senator John H. Chafee (RI) and Congressman Mickey Leland (TX). Her accomplishments include contributing to the enactment of legislation to:

  • expand long-term care options and consumer protections in Medicaid and the private long-term care insurance market;
  • establish pediatric quality measures in Medicaid and CHIP;
  • expand Medicaid coverage for low-income families by severing the link between Medicaid and welfare; and
  • establish Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) under the Medicare and Medicaid Programs, and to improve reimbursement for FQHCs.

Other private sector experience includes legal practice with Hogan & Hartson, LLP (now Hogan Lovells), policy director for two large Catholic health systems, and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. She also served as a program consultant for the State of Missouri Medicaid program.

At GW she teaches courses on federal advocacy and policymaking and the federal budget process.


Bachelor of Arts (International Studies), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983
Juris Doctor, The American University, Washington College of Law, 2002


Areas of research currently include health reform implementation, Medicaid, CHIP, private health insurance , and long-term care.


  • Medicaid
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Private Insurance
  • Long-term Care
  • Federal quality initiatives in Medicare and Medicaid
  • Community health centers