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State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, J.D., 1999.Publications Editor, Buffalo Law Review.Dale S. Marguiles Award.
Georgetown University, B.A., English, cum laude, 1996.
Kinda Serafi’s practice focuses on providing public policy analysis and strategic planning for stakeholders in the healthcare industry.
Ms. Serafi has extensive experience working with public health insurance programs and represents a broad array of healthcare clients in navigating the legal and operational challenges of Medicaid, CHIP, and the implementation of healthcare reform. She provides strategic counsel, policy analysis, and research support to state and city governments, foundations, Medicaid service providers, and advocacy organizations.
Prior to joining Manatt, Ms. Serafi served as the director of policy of the Children’s Defense Fund in New York, where she conducted policy analysis, managed key projects, and provided advocacy on behalf of low-income children and families living in New York. Specifically, her work focused on developing strategies to secure the passage of legislation to simplify public health insurance program rules, expand eligibility levels, and on building consensus among key advocates and state-elected officials on these significant issues. Ms. Serafi also worked for two years as the director of legal advocacy and organizing at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, where she launched and supervised a multidisciplinary civil legal services department.
Prior to these positions, Ms. Serafi was a law guardian at the Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division where she represented abused and neglected children in all aspects of Bronx Family Court litigation, including child welfare, custody, visitation, and adoption proceedings. She also served as the deputy director of programs and policy for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C.
Coauthor, "Reasonable Compatibility Straw Models: Federal Requirements and State Options for Constructing a State's Financial Reasonable Compatibility Standard," Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's State Health Reform Assistance Network, August 2012.
Coauthor, "Federal Requirements and State Flexibilities for Verifying Eligibility Criteria," Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's State Health Reform Assistance Network, February 2012.
Coauthor, “Community Voices: Perspectives on Public Health Insurance from Two New York City Neighborhoods,” Children’s Defense Fund – New York, August 2009.
Author, “Review of New York State Public Health Insurance Policy Changes and Enrollment in 2008,” Children’s Defense Fund – New York, February 2009.
Author, “Simplifying New York’s Public Health Insurance Programs: Making it Easier for Families to Connect to Coverage,” Children’s Defense Fund – New York, January 2008.
Author, “Issue Brief: Public Health Insurance Policies That Influenced Child and Adult Enrollment in 2006,” Children’s Defense Fund – New York, December 2007.
Coauthor, “Coordinating New York’s Medicaid and Food Stamp Programs: Making it Easier for Families to Access the Benefits They Need,” Children’s Defense Fund – New York, December 2006.
Admitted to practice in the state of New York.
Board Member, Community Food Advocates, 2010-present.
Past Member, Committee on Family Court and Family Law, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2007-2009.
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