Cheryl Fish-Parcham, M.S.W., is deputy director of Health Policy at Families USA. Her current areas of focus are private insurance and state initiatives to cover the uninsured. Previously, she helped to form a national support center for consumer health assistance programs and provided technical assistance on Medicaid issues. She is the author of numerous reports on designing consumer health assistance programs, the plight of the uninsured, and on Medicaid and private insurance (available online at www.familiesusa.org). Prior to joining Families USA, she worked in several local advocacy and community service organizations in the District of Columbia. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Howard University.