Michelle Winchester

Health Policy Analyst

Professional Background

Michelle provides legal and policy analysis for a variety of projects at the Institute on Disability. Prior to joining the IOD in 2010, Michelle was a health and long-term care policy analyst with the Institute for Health, Law, and Ethics at the Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH School of Law) for eleven years. She employs legal and policy analysis to research, report, comment on, and propose recommendations relative to the impacts of federal and state law and policy on the integration and provision of quality health and social services to the people of New Hampshire. A primary focus of her work has been to enhance the home- and community-based long term care infrastructure for children and adults in New Hampshire. Additionally, from 2006 to 2009, Michelle was a member of New Hampshire’s team in the national Health Information and Privacy Collaborative, assessing state law and policy on issues related to electronic health information use, disclosure, and privacy. Areas of particular focus include:  Medicaid law and policy; managed care issues affecting people with disabilities; and legal and financial planning for individuals with disabilities and their families.