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Katherine Linzer

Partner, Chicago
Serves US states and payers on Medicaid strategy and innovation, with a focus on value-based care, managed-care excellence, special needs populations, and organizational health

About Katherine

Katherine is one of the leaders of McKinsey’s Medicaid work. She focuses on payment innovation and special-needs populations across states and payers. In particular, she has supported four states in designing population-based payment-innovation models. She also collaborates with private payers on developing their Medicaid and duals strategies.

Prior to her current role, Katherine was a fellow with McKinsey’s Health Systems Institute in London, where she served a number of international health systems.

Published Work

How prioritizing health is a prescription for US prosperity,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2020

Ten innovations that can improve global health,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2020

Seizing the health opportunity,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2020

Prioritizing health: A prescription for prosperity,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2020

How prioritizing health could help rebuild economies,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2020

Five trends shaping the future of Medicaid,” McKinsey & Company, March 2019

The Medicaid agency of the future: What capabilities and leadership will it need?,” McKinsey & Company, December 2017

Next-generation contracting: Managed Medicaid for individuals with special or supportive care needs,” McKinsey & Company, December 2016


Stanford University

Yale University
BA, history