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Emily Wilkinson, Senior Vice President

Emily Wilkinson joins Capitol Hill Consulting Group as Senior Vice President. Ms. Wilkinson joined CHCG after serving two and half years in the Trump Administration, first as an Advisor in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and then as a Senior Advisor to the Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). During her tenure in the Administration, Ms. Wilkinson focused primarily on private insurance and Medicare policy impacting issuers, healthcare providers, and expanding opportunities for technology companies in the healthcare space.  She shepherded some of the largest burden reduction ...
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Luis Bacó Joins Capitol Hill Consulting Group

Capitol Hill Consulting Group is thrilled to welcome Luis Bacó to the firm as Senior Vice President. Prior to joining CHCG, Mr. Bacó served as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón in the U.S. House of Representatives. Luis was the Congresswoman’s chief policy advisor and oversaw the legislative efforts leading to Puerto Rico’s recovery in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes of 2017.  He was also responsible for shaping the overall strategic vision of the Congresswoman’s health care, economic development, energy, and foreign affairs agenda. Prior to his return to Congress in January 2017, he was a Capital Partner ...
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Cow Creek Tribe CEO Discusses Oregon Wildfires, Business Ventures

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwwbNq59xiM   CEO of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Michael Rondeau, appeared this past week on KOBI-TV’s “Five on 5” to discuss a variety of recent topics pertaining to the tribe. Rondeau stated portions of tribal land in Douglas County, Oregon, have been damaged because of wildfires affecting the area. As a result, he said there needs to be “active forest management” and that wildfires and smoke damage remain a major concern for the tribe moving forward. While Seven Feathers Casino and Resort remains a well-known enterprise for the Cow Creek Tribe, Rondeau also discussed further ...
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Dr. Christine Warnke Joins Capitol Hill Consulting Group

Capitol Hill Consulting Group is thrilled to welcome Dr. Christine Warnke to the firm as Senior Vice President. Prior to joining CHCG, Dr. Warnke served as Senior Governmental Affairs Advisor at international law firm Hogan Lovells. In this role, Dr. Warnke represented clients on legislative and regulatory matters before the federal government and spearheaded several initiatives that had both domestic and international impacts, particularly in the areas of banking, finance, health, economic development, medical research, and energy issues. "With her years of experience on Capitol Hill and as a trusted advocate for her clients, Dr. Warnke is a welcome addition ...
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Senator Shelby Takes Helm at Committee on Appropriations

Following the April 1st departure of Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) was confirmed on Tuesday by his Republican colleagues as the new chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Appropriations, which oversees the allocation of over $1.3 trillion in government spending.  Shortly after the Republican Conference ratified the selection, Chairman Shelby announced the new subcommittee chairmen and rosters for the Committee.  The full Senate unanimously confirmed Senator Shelby and his subcommittee rosters late Tuesday night. Not only will Chairman Shelby be taking on a larger role as chairman of the full Committee, he will become chairman of ...
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Alex Azar Tapped to be Next Health and Human Services Secretary

President Trump on Monday nominated Alex Azar to succeed former Secretary Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Azar, a former George W. Bush White House official and pharmaceutical executive, now faces the confirmation process in the Senate, where he will be evaluated by members of the Finance and HELP committees.  If confirmed, he will oversee an ambitious White House health policy agenda, which includes potential efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, lowering prescription drug prices, and addressing the opioid epidemic that continues to devastate the country.  For more on President Trump's nomination of Alex ...
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HealthStar CEO Recognized for Reducing Fraud and Waste in Health Care

HealthStar CEO Dr. Ed Breazeale was recently recognized for his work in combating waste and fraud in home health care services.   A USA Today article showcased Dr. Breazeale's Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) technology, which he developed to crack down on fraudulent Medicaid reimbursement claims.  The technology uses GPS to track home visits and ensure that patients are receiving proper health care services.  The Department of Health and Human Services estimated that almost $3.6 billion in personal care services were improperly billed in 2015, up from $2 billion in 2014.  Under the 21st Century Cures Act, EVV technology will be required ...
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Jack Victory and Rick Shelby Named “Top Lobbyists” in 2017

The Hill has published its top lobbyists of 2017, and Capitol Hill Consulting is proud to have two names on that list.  CEO Jack Victory and Counsel Rick Shelby have been named among the top lobbyists on Capitol Hill.  The Hill writes, "Victory is a CEO with a knack for developing legislative strategy; Shelby wields power in the energy space and in state politics."  This is Mr. Victory's third consecutive year earning this recognition and Mr. Shelby's fourth. CHCG President and Founder David Jory had high praises for the two lobbyists.  "Leaders like Jack Victory and Rick Shelby set a ...
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Majority Leader Releases 2018 House Calendar

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has released the 2018 House of Representatives legislative calendar.  There are several options to view and download this calendar.  To download a one pager PDF of the calendar, click here.  To download a full calendar PDF, click here.  To subscribe via Google Calendar, click here.  To subscribe using Microsoft Outlook, click here.  To subscribe to the calendar with Apple's iCal, click here.
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Surya Gunasekara Joins Capitol Hill Consulting Group

Surya Gunasekara has joined Capitol Hill Consulting Group as Of Counsel to handle tax policy issues.  Mr. Gunasekara joins CHCG after serving as Chief of Staff and Tax Counsel for Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH), who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee.  Surya was the Congressman’s chief policy advisor and managed the D.C. and District offices.  He was also responsible for shaping the overall strategic vision of the Congressman’s Ways and Means Committee portfolio, specifically in tax, trade, and energy.   Congressman Renacci praised his former Chief of Staff, saying, “Surya is an accomplished attorney with a strong tax ...
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