Andrew D. Hyman, JD, a senior program officer on the Foundation’s Coverage program management team, develops programs designed to achieve the Foundation’s goal of securing for all Americans meaningful access to health care coverage. He recognizes that “the promise of equal opportunity in this country is empty while we permit millions to be uninsured.” Having joined the Foundation in 2006, he and the Coverage team work with policy-makers, researchers and advocates to help our nation’s leaders craft and enact policies designed to expand coverage.
Hyman came to the Foundation after serving as director of Government Relations and Legislative Counsel for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, which represents the public mental health systems in every state. In that role, he sought to advance policies that secure positive health outcomes and full community participation for individuals with mental disorders.
Prior to his work in the mental health field, from 1998–2001 Hyman was the deputy director and then director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), serving as Secretary Donna Shalala’s liaison to state, local, and tribal governments. His work at HHS also included efforts to combat tobacco use, implement the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and advise the Secretary on Medicaid. He began his service at HHS as the special assistant to the general counsel in 1993.
A New Jersey native, Hyman received a JD from the Fordham University School of Law, and a BA from Columbia College. He and his two children, Lily and Nathaniel, live in Princeton, N.J.