Sarah Gordon

Sarah H. Gordon, PhD

Assistant Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Sarah Gordon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health where she co-directs the BU Medicaid Policy Lab. She is a health services researcher with expertise in health insurance, access to care, and Medicaid policy. She applies econometric and causal inference-based methods to assess the impacts of state-level health care policies on low-income populations. She has experience merging and analyzing multiple state all payer claims databases and national Medicaid claims to conduct cross-state comparisons. Her recent work has focused on the intersections of Medicaid policy and maternal health. She is currently serving as a senior advisor on health policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Biden Administration. She received her doctorate in Health Services Research from the Brown University School of Public Health and an MS in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.


  • Brown University, PhD Field of Study: Health Economics
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS Field of Study: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • New York University, BA Field of Study: Psychology


  • Published on 12/7/2022

    Mull HJ, Kabdiyeva A, Ndugga N, Gordon SH, Garrido MM, Pizer SD. What is the role of selection bias in quality comparisons between the Veterans Health Administration and community care? Example of elective hernia surgery. Health Serv Res. 2022 Dec 07. PMID: 36477645.

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  • Published on 8/30/2022

    Vanneman ME, Rosen AK, Wagner TH, Shwartz M, Gordon SH, Greenberg G, Zheng T, Cook J, Beilstein-Wedel E, Greene T, Kelley AT. Differences Between VHA-Delivered and VHA-Purchased Behavioral Health Care in Service and Patient Characteristics. Psychiatr Serv. 2023 Feb 01; 74(2):148-157. PMID: 36039555.

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  • Published on 8/19/2022

    Unwinding the Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Provision: Projected Enrollment Effects and Policy Approaches. ASPE Issue Brief. 2022; (HP-2022-20).

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  • Published on 8/1/2022

    Eliason EL, Gordon SH. The Association Between Postpartum Insurance Instability and Access to Postpartum Mental Health Services: Evidence From Colorado. Womens Health Issues. 2022 Nov-Dec; 32(6):550-556. PMID: 35927176.

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  • Published on 3/21/2022

    Sugar S, Ruhter J, Gordon SH, Whitman A, De Lew N, Sommers BD. Health Coverage for Women Under the Affordable Care Act. ASPE Issue Brief. 2022.

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  • Published on 3/11/2022

    Goldman AL, Gordon SH. Coverage Disruptions and Transitions Across the ACA's Medicaid/Marketplace Income Cutoff. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Nov; 37(14):3570-3576. PMID: 35277806.

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  • Published on 3/1/2022

    Gordon SH, Hoagland A, Admon LK, Daw JR. Comparison of Postpartum Health Care Use and Spending Among Individuals with Medicaid-Paid Births Enrolled in Continuous Medicaid vs Commercial Insurance. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Mar 01; 5(3):e223058. PMID: 35302626.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Gordon SH, Hoagland A, Admon LK, Daw JR. Extended Postpartum Medicaid Eligibility Is Associated With Improved Continuity Of Coverage In The Postpartum Year. Health Aff (Millwood). 2022 01; 41(1):69-78. PMID: 34982627.

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  • Published on 12/23/2021

    Eliason EL, Gordon SH. Mental Health and Postpartum Care in California: Implications from California's Provisional Postpartum Care Extension. Womens Health Issues. 2022 Mar-Apr; 32(2):122-129. PMID: 34955336.

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  • Published on 12/7/2021

    Sarah Gordon, Sarah Sugar, Lucy Chen, Christie Peters, Nancy De Lew, Benjamin D. Sommers. Medicaid After Pregnancy: State-Level Implications of Extending Postpartum Coverage. ASPE Issue Brief. 2021.

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