Several publications covered the arrival of senior healthcare policy advisors Jodie A. Curtis, Debbie B. Forrest, Laura A. Hanen, Julie S. Hyams, Jennifer Taylor McBride, Ilisa Halpern Paul, and Jim Twaddell at Venable’s Legislative and Government Affairs Group in its Washington, DC office. Publications included Law360 and Politico on January 19, 2022, and the National Law Journal and Reuters on January 20.
Ms. Paul has deep experience with and command of a wide range of domestic health, education, and workforce issues. She has particularly extensive knowledge of healthcare financing and delivery system reform, Medicare and Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, digital health and telemedicine, home health, and public health.
Ms. Curtis is a former senior staffer on Capitol Hill, a former manager of a national association’s federal government relations program, and a former co-lead of a national lobbying practice. She is highly skilled in strategic planning and crafting smart tactics that help clients meet their public policy goals while forming relationships with members of Congress and their staffs.
Ms. Forrest is a public policy advocate who draws on her more than 30 years of experience on and off Capitol Hill to support clients in their legislative agendas. She specializes in biomedical research advocacy, HHS appropriations, coalition work, and stakeholder outreach.
Ms. Hanen worked for a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and has more than 25 years of experience crafting and implementing government relations strategy. She has led government and public affairs for a number of prominent national organizations tackling complex public health challenges.
Ms. Hyams, a Capitol Hill veteran, builds support for healthcare initiatives among members of Congress, state legislators, and their colleagues and staff. She is involved in annual appropriations advocacy and has experience working with start-ups and coalitions.
Ms. McBride, with more than 20 years of experience in federal government relations and public policy, brings her creative energies to developing and deploying strategies to help clients win congressional and stakeholder support for their objectives. Her sharp skills in grassroots organizing and planning Capitol Hill fly-ins for patient advocacy groups, education advocates, and healthcare companies and organizations complement her strong, personal rapport with advocates.
Mr. Twaddell is a lobbyist with extensive experience with federal public policymaking, legislative and regulatory processes, strategic planning initiatives, and policy and political advocacy campaigns. A former senior staffer in the U.S. Senate, he is a skilled navigator of legislative issues related to healthcare policy, including advancing authorizing legislation and securing federal appropriations funding.