Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Counselor for Health Policy to the HHS Secretary
Phone: (202) 690-7858
Rima Cohen is the Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and the Counselor for Health Policy at the Department of Health and Human Services. As the Acting ASPE, Ms. Cohen advises the Secretary on policy development in health, disability, human services, data, and science, and provides advice and analysis on economic policy. In her role as the Counselor for Health Policy—a position she has held since 2009—she provides advice to the Secretary on a range of health care matters and helps to develop and lead Administration initiatives related to programs administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Health Care Quality and Research, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Office for Civil Rights. Prior to assuming this position in the Obama Administration, Ms. Cohen was the Director of Health and Social Services for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where she oversaw the City’s health care programs and agencies, including Medicaid, the City’s public hospital and health care system, and the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. Cohen also spent a decade on Capitol Hill as former-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle’s senior health policy advisor, and she founded and directed Insurance Options for the Uninsured (IOU), a project sponsored by the Greater New York Hospital Foundation that developed and implemented strategies for expanding health insurance coverage in New York.
Ms. Cohen has a master’s degree in public affairs, with a concentration in economics, from Princeton and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan; she also did undergraduate work at the London School of Economics. After graduate school, Cohen was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study program evaluation methods employed by U.S. NGOs operating in Indonesia.
Ms. Cohen lives with her husband and daughter in New York City and Washington DC.