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Calder Lynch
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Policy Advisor

Calder Lynch is the Policy Director and Senior Advisor to the Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. He has spent over four years as part of the executive management team at the Department, where he participated in shaping DHH policy priorities, with emphasis on Medicaid delivery and financing reform.

Lynch’s primary responsibilities include policy development, strategic communication, policy analysis, and project management. Calder is currently leading the Department's response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). He previously led policy efforts during the successful integration of pharmacy benefits into Louisiana's Medicaid managed care program, called Bayou Health. Calder also currently serves as a member of the Louisiana Healthcare Commission.

A Covington native, Calder earned his degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. He has been accepted into the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) Executive Masters of Science – Health Administration (MSHA) program, scheduled to begin this fall.

Current Topic


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Recent Topics


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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