Johanna Barraza-Cannon

Director, Government Healthcare Solutions, Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Johanna Barraza-Cannon
Johanna Barraza-Cannon

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A Roundtable with Regulators
Friday, November 4, 2016 • 8:45 AM–10:00 AM

Johanna Barraza-Cannon is a director of government health solutions at Navigant Consulting, Inc. With more than 15 years of healthcare experience, Barraza-Cannon is primarily responsible for projects related to health information technology, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health reform, long-term services and supports, and the operational effectiveness of state Medicaid and health and human services programs and agencies. She has assisted state Medicaid agencies with decisions related to ACA program initiatives, including the state option to expand Medicaid under the ACA, Medicaid eligibility changes, pursuing new waiver and demonstration opportunities and negotiating with federal regulators including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Prior to joining Navigant, Barraza-Cannon served as the policy director for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT). Her work with OHIT included providing technical assistance to HRSA grantees; developing and implementing HRSA’s HIT strategy; collaborating with HRSA grantees including health centers and rural providers, federal partners, and other stakeholders; and implementing the HIT provisions of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. She also worked on telehealth and remote monitoring issues.

Prior to HRSA, Barraza-Cannon was with CMS for five years as a technical director for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program issues including policies and regulations, state plan amendments, demonstrations and waivers, data, evaluation, and technical assistance to states. She has experience in public affairs, strategic planning, and as a research and budget analyst with the Illinois State Legislature. 

Barraza-Cannon has a Master in Public Policy degree with a graduate certificate in health policy from the University of Chicago and her bachelor of arts in economics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She is originally from El Paso, Texas, and currently resides in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.