Under the Dome

Health policy specialist Searing to leave NC Justice Center

Adam Searing, a leading state voice on healthcare for poor and working-class people, is leaving his job at the N.C. Justice Center after 17 years.

On June 1, Searing starts a new job at Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families. Searing, as director of the Health Care Access Coalition in North Carolina, has been calling for the state to expand Medicaid. He’ll continue his concentration on Medicaid at Georgetown, but will broaden his focus to other states as he works on the Affordable Care Act and expansion issues.

The blog at his new outfit says, “Georgetown CCF will be expanding our work on one of the most critical issues facing low-income families (and states) today – the choice as to whether to extend Medicaid coverage to newly eligible parents and other adults – and Adam will be focusing his considerable skills in that area.

“Adam is known to many in our community from his 17 years at the North Carolina Justice Center overseeing health policy and helping to build the Center into one of the largest and most successful state level nonprofit anti-poverty groups in the country. He previously served as an attorney and public policy analyst with the NC Medicaid Program developing and implementing Medicaid regulations and played a major role in leading and strengthening NC’s child advocacy efforts.”

In an email, Searing called the Georgetown job “an exciting opportunity” and one of the few that would get him to leave the Justice Center.