Emily Zalkovsky

Emily Zakovsky

Senior Consultant

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University of Texas, Austin, M.P.Aff., Public Affairs
University of Texas, Austin, B.A., Government and English

Current Responsibility

Emily Zalkovsky joined Sellers Dorsey as one of the firm’s growing number of Texas-based former state Medicaid officials and senior staff members. In her many years of experience working in publicly funded health care programs, Emily has built strong expertise in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) policy and program administration. She contributes to or leads client engagements in the areas of long-term services and supports, Medicaid managed care, business development, and health care policy.


Before coming to Sellers Dorsey, Emily focused most of her career with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), developing Medicaid and CHIP policy as well as managing and overseeing various programs and large-scale, high profile initiatives. Most recently as the Deputy Medicaid Director for Policy and Program in the Medicaid/CHIP Services Department, Emily directed a large unit responsible for acute and long-term services and supports policy development, medical benefit design, managed care programs, pediatric provider training, legislative analysis, advisory committee support, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) negotiations, among other responsibilities. Previously, she served as Director for Program Management for the Medicaid/CHIP Division of HHSC, providing strategic direction to a team responsible for Medicaid managed care program administration and quality assurance, work that included planning for and managing multiple complex managed care expansions for fragile populations. Emily also served as Director of Policy Development Support, the unit responsible for maintaining the Medicaid and CHIP state plans, ensuring timely and accurate publication of administrative rules, and serving as primary agency liaison to CMS. In an earlier phase of her career, Emily served as a project manager for a Los Angeles nonprofit focused on housing and homelessness policy issues.