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Katherine Linzer


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

Katherine is one of the leaders of McKinsey’s Medicaid and long-term care work. She focuses on addressing special needs populations across the public and private sector, with a focus on healthy aging and long-term care. She has supported more than five US states in designing population-based payment innovation models and collaborates with private payers on Medicaid and duals strategies. Katherine is also an affiliated partner of the McKinsey Health Institute, a non-profit-generating entity within the firm that aspires to catalyze action to add a collective 45 billion years of higher-quality life for all people around the world.

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

Young children are experiencing trauma: How Sesame Street wants to help,” McKinsey Health Institute, May 2023

Living longer in better health: Six shifts needed for healthy aging,” McKinsey Health Institute, November 2022

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