Leonardo Cuello is based out of NHeLP’s Washington, D.C. office and is the organization’s director of health policy. Leonardo also leads NHeLP’s work on the Campaign for Better Care, a coalition to improve care for older adults. Leonardo’s current work focuses on programs for dual eligibility, Medicaid Expansion implementation, Medicaid Expansion and Exchange benefits, and Medicaid delivery system reform. Leonardo also serves on the board of directors of the National Quality Forum.
Prior to joining NHeLP, Leonardo worked at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) for six years, focusing on a wide range of health care 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 though 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.