Leonardo Cuello is the Director of Health Policy for the National Health Law Program, based out of its Washington, D.C. offices. Leonardo’s current work focuses on Medicaid and Marketplace waiver authority, Medicaid managed care, payment and delivery system reform, Medicaid expansion, and Medicaid benefits packages.
Before joining the National Health Law Program, Leonardo worked at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) for six years, focusing on a wide range of healthcare issues dealing with eligibility and access to services in Medicaid and Medicare. Leonardo began at PHLP as an Independence Foundation Fellow and later served as a staff attorney and PHLP’s acting executive director. At PHLP, Leo ran a project focused on immigrant and Latino health care, including direct representation of low-income immigrants and Latinos, and worked on numerous Medicaid eligibility and services issues through direct representation and policy work. Leo also worked on Medicare Part D implementation issues, PHLP’s Hospital Accountability Project, and also served as legal counsel to the Consumer Subcommittee of Pennsylvania’s Medical Care Advisory Committee.
Leonardo graduated with a B.A. from Swarthmore College and received his J.D. from The University of Pennsylvania Law School. While in law school, he interned at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project and won the Civil Practice Award. He is fluent in Spanish and conversational in French.
Leonardo’s real marathon time is better than Paul Ryan’s real marathon time.