Sarah Goodell has over 20 years of experience as a health policy analyst. She is currently working as an independent consultant focusing on the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, health financing, and health delivery systems. She is part of a team at the Committee for the Responsible Federal Budget working on the Health Savers Initiative to develop and disseminate policy options to lower health care spending. She previously served as Director of the Synthesis Project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. At the Synthesis Project she managed projects on a variety of topics including risk adjustment, Medicaid managed care, hospital consolidation, the primary care workforce, care management, and medical malpractice. Prior to her work as a consultant, Ms. Goodell spent five years as a policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her work at ASPE focused on private insurance and patient protections, including external appeals processes and privacy. Ms. Goodell holds a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and a M.A. in Public Administration with a focus on Health Policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.