Home Care Association Boosts Medicaid Expertise With New Hires

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced today the arrival of two new staff members from its affiliate, The National Council on Medicaid Home Care.

Michelle Martin, JD, joins the council as Policy Director, while Steve Postal, JD, takes on the responsibilities of developing and managing the Medicaid Home Care Resource Center, announced NAHC. 

A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Martin comes to NAHC and the Medicaid Council by way of the Medicaid Health Plans of America, where she was the Director of its Center for Best Practices.

As Policy Director, Martin will be responsible for the development of model program policy standards through the engagement with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Medicaid Access and Payment Advisory Commission (MACPAC), Congress, and Medicaid stakeholders. 

Her other duties include working on several key priorities in home care standards, according to NAHC, including transitions to managed care, dual eligible integration, provider qualifications, rate setting and quality of care.

Also an attorney, Steve Postal has working in the health care industry since graduating from Bowdoin College before attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he graduated with a health law concentration.

While serving as an associate at the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, Postal worked on vulnerable adult cases, and was also a long-term care ombudsman in law school.

Postal will have primary responsibility for constructing the Resource Center as a comprehensive library of everything involving Medicaid. This includes studies, research, reports, utilization data, laws and regulation, court decisions and much more, according to NAHC.

“Medicaid home care is a vital service to our nation’s most vulnerable citizens of all ages,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “The addition of two new staff on the National Council on Medicaid Home Care will allow us to accelerate or advocacy in this crucial part of home care.”

The National Council on Medicaid Home Care was established last year to foster improvements in the delivery of home care and community-based services through the exchange and implementation of ideas among federal and state legislative leaders, Medicaid beneficiaries, and providers of care. 

Written by Jason Oliva