Gary Smith, the principal author of the original Primer, died in November 2007.
Gary was the preeminent expert on Medicaid Policy and was a resource to hundreds of people all over the country: researchers, policymakers, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services staff, state staff, and advocates. He was always generous with his time and his expertise and never let a request for help go unanswered. He is greatly missed--as a colleague and a friend.
Although millions of people with disabilities have never heard his name, his work in public policy has made an ongoing positive difference in their lives.
We dedicate this edition of the Primer to his memory.