Thomas Barker, J.D., is a partner at the law firm of Foley Hoag, LLP., He is the co-chair of the firm’s health care practice group, and is a member of the firm’s management committee. He joined the firm in March, 2009. Mr. Barker established and is a contributor to the firm’s Medicaid blog, available here. Prior to joining the firm, he served in a series of senior-level positions at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during the Administration of President George W. Bush, including serving as general counsel of CMS, counselor to the Secretary of HHS, and general counsel of HHS. Mr. Barker advises clients on a wide range of health care matters, with a specialization in Medicare and Medicaid regulatory issues. He also provides pro-bono legal services on immigration matters, and has developed a specialization in representing individuals who have defected to the United States from North Korea. Mr. Barker formerly served as an adjunct professor of health care law at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and at the Suffolk University School of Law and is a member of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.
Elizabeth Carpenter specializes in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), trends in commercial insurance, drug pricing policy, and the impact of politics on the policy landscape at Avalere Health. She is regularly quoted in national and trade press and is a frequent presenter to audiences seeking to understand healthcare policy. Prior to joining Avalere, Elizabeth was a senior advisor in the Health Policy practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, where she provided government affairs and public policy support to payers, providers, private exchanges, and states on a wide-range of health policy and political issues. Previously, she served as the associate policy director for the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation where she led Congressional and media relations during the debate over the ACA and provided educational and technical support to stakeholders, members of Congress, and the media. Elizabeth started her career on Capitol Hill for the legislative and campaign staffs of Senator Lincoln Chafee (RI) and served as the office’s parliamentarian. Elizabeth has a BA in political science from Brown University.
Katie Keith, J.D., MPH, is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center where she teaches courses on the Affordable Care Act and LGBT health law and policy. She also maintains a part-time appointment at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms and provides “Following the ACA” rapid response analysis for the Health Affairs Blog. Katie is an appointed consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners where she represents the interests of consumers in front of state insurance regulators from all 50 states and writes widely on topics that include the health insurance marketplaces, enforcement, and nondiscrimination. Katie received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and holds a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
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