Hemi Tewarson serves as program director for the NGA Center for Best Practices’ Health Division. Tewarson oversees projects centering around Medicaid transformation and coverage, Medicaid data systems, state leadership and health care delivery and payment system reform.
Prior to joining NGA, Tewarson served as senior attorney for the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). There she advised the health care team in the preparation of reports and testimonies for the Congress on a broad range of issues, with a particular focus on Medicaid. Prior to GAO, Tewarson was in private practice as a health policy attorney in Washington, D.C., at Powell Goldstein, LLP and McDermott, Will & Emery where she advised states, associations, hospitals and health systems and other providers across the country on a broad range of issues. One focus of her practice was working with state officials on reforming their Medicaid programs. Tewarson also served as chair and elected member of the D.C. Bar Health Law Steering Committee.
Tewarson holds a J.D. and a master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Hemi originally hails from Massachusetts.