Madeline T. Morcelle, J.D., M.P.H., is a Senior Attorney in the National Health Law Program’s (NHeLP) Washington, D.C. office. She centers her federal advocacy practice on reproductive justice, health equity, and civil rights issues in Medicaid and federal health care reform. She also directs NHeLP’s cross-movement work to foster equitable access to reproductive and sexual health care with Southern state partners. Beyond her work at NHeLP, Madeline serves as an Executive Coach with Harvard University’s Public Health Leadership Lab and Board Chair of Converge: Partners in Access, the sole Title X grantee for Mississippi.
For more than a decade, Madeline has advocated, provided legal and policy guidance and analysis, and crafted public policies to expand access to high-quality health care and alleviate health inequities for and with underserved communities. Before NHeLP, she was the Director of Public Benefits Law at the Mississippi Center for Justice. In that role, she led community lawyering and policy advocacy efforts to address racial injustices in Medicaid, SNAP, and TANF eligibility and access. Previously, she held health law and policy positions at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Public Health Law and Policy at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and Network for Public Health Law.
Madeline holds a M.P.H. in Health Policy from Harvard University, J.D. from Washington and Lee University, and B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her work has been recognized through honors such as CMS’ Special Achievement Award and Execution of Major Projects Award, and Harvard’s James H. Ware Award for Achievement in the Practice of Public Health. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts (inactive), and Mississippi (inactive).
Madeline believes that the people closest to the problems are often closest to the solutions and is passionate about lawyering to help social movements by and for underserved communities build power. She revels in painting dreamscapes, visiting old-growth forests, and curling up with a book and her lucky black cat, Finn.