Deborah Bachrach

Deborah Bachrach

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Recognized since 2006

New York, New York

Practice Areas

Health Care Law

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Deborah Bachrach uses her significant experience with both public- and private-sector health policy and financing to help states, providers, insurers and foundations analyze and implement the Affordable Care Act. She also counsels clients on Medicaid coverage, payment policies, delivery systems and other healthcare reforms.

Before rejoining Manatt, Deborah served as Medicaid director and deputy commissioner of health for the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Health Insurance Programs, where she managed coverage, care and payment policies for more than four million children and adults enrolled in the state's Medicaid and Child Health Insurance programs. She led reforms to streamline Medicaid’s eligibility and enrollment process, and improve its purchasing strategies.

Deborah has advised the Center for Health Care Strategies, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Before working with the state of New York, as a Manatt partner Deborah provided legislative, regulatory and strategic counsel to academic medical centers, safety net hospitals, community health centers, health plans and other healthcare companies.

Deborah has also worked as vice president, external affairs, at St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital Center; as New York State chief assistant attorney general; and as chief of the Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau.

Deborah was an adjunct professor of law at the New York University School of Law, where she taught a seminar on federal health reform from 2011 to 2013.

Contact & Links
  • Seven Times Square
    New York, NY 10036
  • New York University, J.D., graduated 1975
Bar Admissions
  • New York, New York State Bar Association

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Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Health Care Law, New York City (2015)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Health Care Law
  • Outstanding Career Achievement Award, NY Association for Ambulatory Care, 2010
  • Forstner Award, Community Health Care Association of New York State, 2008
  • Leadership Award, Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, 2008
  • New York Super Lawyers, 2006, 2007
  • Health Advocacy Leadership Award, Morris Heights Health Center Foundation, 2003
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Government Relations Practice


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