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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


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

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!


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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