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District Policy Group Digest Winter 2019

December 9, 2019

The District Policy Group (DPG) is closing out 2019 with a busy calendar of speaking engagements and events with and for our roster of clients. As part of our commitment to providing full service and thought leadership on the Washington scene and in the policy arena, our team regularly participates in these types of key industry events. As always, our team is at the ready to support you in your policy and advocacy work and to present on legislative, regulatory, and political issues to audiences of all sizes.

As the year comes to a close, we thank our clients and friends of the firm for another wonderful year of partnership and meaningful work. We wish everyone good health and happiness this holiday season and in the year ahead! View the online DPG holiday card.

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Team News

In November, DPG senior advisor and former Congressman Dr. Phil Gingrey participated in a collegiate event organized by the Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), a bipartisan, nonprofit alliance of 600 members. Gingrey serves on the board of the FMC and actively participates in a number of its outreach and educational programs. As part of FMC’s Congress to Campus program designed to connect with political science students, Gingrey and former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) visited St. Bonaventure University in Alleghany, NY, where they engaged with students and faculty, conducted classes, held interviews and visited with local organizations with the aim of inspiring students toward greater democratic participation. The Congress to Campus program is a partnership with the Stennis Center for Public Service, with offices in Washington, DC, and Starkville, MS.

DPG President Ilisa Halpern Paul gave a keynote address before senior health care executives and physicians attending The Leadership Institute’s invitation-only November event in Washington, DC. She addressed the political climate, provided a detailed update on the state of play on a range of legislative and regulatory health policy issues, and offered insights on 2020 federal health care policy and the election. Paul will speak at The Leadership Institute’s March 2020 meeting in Washington, DC.

Also in November, Paul and colleague Krissa Webb, an associate in the Health Law practice at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, presented on telemedicine policy at the fall conference of the New Jersey chapter of the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management. Their session, “Developments, Trends & the Outlook for Federal Telemedicine Policy,” held in Kenilworth, NJ, adopted a fireside chat format, with Webb posing questions and Paul presenting information and views on a variety of topics, including updates on Medicare payment policy for telemedicine, congressional interest in and support of telemedicine, and predictions for how the outcome of the 2020 election might affect telemedicine policy.

DPG Executive Vice President Jodie Curtis appeared multiple times on the program of the annual meeting of DPG client, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). Speaking to an audience of scientists, public health professionals, and medical providers, she presented “Advocating for R&D Funding: The Who, What, Where, Why and How.” Curtis also addressed the ASTMH Board of Directors and offered an update on the current policy environment in Washington and global health advocacy.

This month, Curtis will speak to the HR Health Care Advisory Board in Chicago, IL, a biannual two-day health care meeting co-hosted by Deloitte and Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. At this gathering of human resources executives from health and hospital systems focused on key legal and regulatory issues affecting HR work, Curtis will provide a deep dive into the latest in health care policy, legislation, and politics in Washington, DC.

DPG Senior Vice President Jim Twaddell provided policy analysis and insights at the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) Nephrology Nursing Practice, Management and Leadership Conference in November, where he discussed ANNA’s current state of action around the Advancing American Kidney Health Executive Order. Also in November, Twaddell represented ANNA — a long-standing DPG client — at the Kidney Community Advocacy Day, and participated in an event sponsored by the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association, where he presented on federal government affairs and regulatory updates and participated in a panel discussion on government affairs strategies.

On November 20, the District Policy Group announced the addition of Jennifer Taylor McBride as special advisor and Ian Rockwell as government relations manager. With more than 20 years of experience in federal government relations and public policy, McBride joins us from a Washington, DC- based advocacy consulting firm. Rockwell joined the DPG after working at the Canadian Embassy and then spending four years in the United States Senate as a legislative staffer for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

DPG also announced that Nate Bolin, a partner in the Government and Regulatory Affairs practice at Drinker Biddle, has joined the District Policy Group’s Advisory Board.


For those closely watching the 2020 election, the DPG website now features a Congressional Retirement Tracker, listing incumbent members of the U.S. Congress who are not seeking reelection in 2020. The tracker also includes the committee assignments of each retiring member, illustrating where openings will be available next session. The tracker is available at