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Harvard Kennedy School
Master in Public Policy Candidate, 2024

Phoebe Canagarajah is a second year Master of Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to her studies, she worked for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on policies that impact eligibility for healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s private health insurance Marketplaces. Through this role, she helped lead the federal Marketplace’s American Rescue Plan Act implementation, published guidance that improved healthcare coverage retention during the COVID-19 pandemic, and led efforts to measure and address health disparities in the Marketplaces. She has also worked with the Senate Finance Committee’s Majority (Democrat) Health Policy Team, and with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders where she coordinated policy discussions and recommendations across the President’s Advisory Commission on AA and NHPI, senior staff and experts within 44 different federal agencies, and about 400 federal staff located across the United States. Phoebe earned her B.A. in anthropology and B.S. in BioBehavioral Health from The Pennsylvania State University, with honors in BioBehavioral Health. She is interested in the intersections between domestic health policy, social service delivery, and social justice. 

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