Basics of Budget Reconciliation and the Connection to Health Policy

Sarah Kuehl Egge, MPP, is a founding partner of SplitOak Strategies in Washington, D.C., a bipartisan consulting firm, where she focuses on health care policy across a wide range of sectors and federal programs. Sarah began her career on Capitol Hill over two decades ago as a Legislative Assistant and Policy Analyst to former Finance Committee member Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE), advising him on tax, health care, Social Security, budget and appropriations matters. For nearly a dozen years, Sarah served as the lead health and entitlements analyst for the Democratic Staff of the Senate Budget Committee under Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND), where her portfolio included private health insurance coverage, Medicare, Social Security and transportation issues. She worked extensively on multiple budget resolutions, reconciliation bills and key legislation, including the Affordable Care Act, the Budget Control Act, the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act, and the Deficit Reduction Act. Sarah was a key advisor to Chairman Conrad during his participation with the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (aka, “Bowles-Simpson Commission”). During her Senate tenure, Sarah was selected by Co-Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) to serve as Deputy Staff Director of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (aka, the “Supercommittee”), where she helped Committee members navigate the complex issues and tradeoffs associated with significant deficit reduction. Sarah received a bachelor’s in history and public affairs from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She is a native of Omaha, Nebraska.

Contact: sarah.egge@splitoakstrategies.com

Purva Rawal, Ph.D., is a principal at CapView Strategies where she develops evidence-based public policy and business strategies for providers, health systems, life sciences companies, and coalitions, and conducts policy research on health system transformation and sustainability issues. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, and is an active writer and public speaker. In 2016, she published a book, The Affordable Care Act: Examining the Facts. Previously, Dr. Rawal served as professional staff on the Senate Budget Committee during the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and as the health and social policy advisor to Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). She was also a Director in the Health Insurance and Reform Practice at Avalere Health. She began her health policy career as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences and as a Congressional Fellow for the Society for Research on Child Development and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Rawal received her BA and PhD from Northwestern University.

Contact: purva.rawal@capviewstrategies.com

Rodney L. Whitlock, Ph.D., M.A., is an accomplished health care executive with more than two decades on Capitol Hill where he specialized in rural health, the health care safety net, and disability policy. With nearly 25 years of experience, Rodney possesses and offers clients the kind of knowledge that is uniquely available to those who have drafted and advanced legislation. He strategically guides clients through dense Medicare and Medicaid issues that have significant business impact. While working in Congress, Rodney served as former US Representative Charlie Norwood’s (R-GA) health policy director where he managed the Patients’ Bill of Rights (S.1890), among other notable health policy matters. Rodney then went on to serve Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in the Senate. He first joined the Senate Finance Committee Staff as a health policy advisor to Chairman Grassley, and ultimately joined the Senator’s personal office as health policy director. During his time in the Senate, Rodney served as the lead Republican staffer for Medicaid legislation from 2005 to 2010, and continued to serve Senator Grassley on all health-related issues through 2015. During his time in the Senate, Rodney helped staff Republicans in the Senate on such prominent and important legislation as the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2007 and 2009 and Affordable Care Act of 2010. For the last 20 years, Rodney has been an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, and the Graduate School of Political Management’s Department of Legislative Affairs. Hundreds of students have taken Rodney’s courses and have gone on to pursue careers in Washington, DC.

Contact: rwhitlock@mcdermottplus.com


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