Cassie Yarbrough

Cassie is the Lead Public Policy Analyst for the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute (HPI). Her research focuses on government-funded or sponsored programs including Medicaid, Medicare and the federal and state health insurance exchanges.

As the lead on HPI’s program on geographic access to dental care for Medicaid populations, Cassie identifies the knowledge needs of government healthcare agencies, coordinating research plans, and presenting findings to multi-stakeholder policy workgroups. She also coordinates HPI’s contributions to a multi-stakeholder policy research agenda related to adding comprehensive dental coverage to the Medicare program.

Cassie leads HPI’s analysis of dental benefits coverage and utilization among children and adults enrolled in state Medicaid programs and represents HPI with several outside agencies including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Healthy People 2020, federal and state policymakers, academic researchers, and dental professionals.

Her research has been published in Pediatrics, Medical Care and BMC Oral Health and she has contributed to several multi-stakeholder publications including the MACPAC chapter on Medicaid Coverage of Dental Benefits for Adults, the Oral Health America sponsored white paper An Oral Health Benefit in Medicare Part B: It’s Time to Include Oral Health in Health Care, and the forthcoming Rubric for Assessing Extensiveness of Medicaid Adult Dental Benefits.

Cassie obtained her Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.