POLICY BRIEFINGS


Trump Administration Staff Announcements


Since Hart Health Strategies’ last update on staff announcements made by the incoming administration, President-elect Trump has chosen Republican National Committee (RNC) communications director and chief strategist Sean Spicer as his press secretary. In addition, Hope Hicks was named Director of Strategic Communications and Dan Scavino as Director of Social Media. Hicks and Scavino have already worked in similar roles for the Trump campaign. It was also announced that Trump’s former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway will continue to serve as counselor to Trump when he takes office. The President-elect announced that Peter Navarro will lead the new White House National Trade Council. Navarro was a Trump campaign and transition policy advisor. He is also an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine. Tom Bossert, national security aide to former President George W. Bush, will serve as the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism in the new administration. Bossert previously served as Bush’s deputy homeland security advisor. In the announcement of the appointment, the Trump administration noted that Bossert’s role in the new administration would be expanded. Trump has also tapped Jason Greenblatt, the Trump Organization’s executive vice president and top attorney, as Trump’s special representative for international negotiations (SRIN) – a new position created by the incoming Administration. More information can be found in Hart Health Strategies’ updated Trump Administration Key Policy Personnel document (attached).


Guide to the 115th Congress


As the 115th Congress convenes, please find attached a Guide to the 115th Congress prepared by Hart Health Strategies Inc. This interactive document is attached and provides the House and Senate calendar, Federal holidays in 2017, House and Senate leadership and committee chairs/ranking members, a list of health professionals serving in the 115th Congress, and biographies of the new Members of Congress.


Trump Administration Key Policy Personnel


White House Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus
Priebus is the former Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). He previously worked as chairmanof the Republican Party of Wisconsin. He has a long history in Republican politics as a grassroots volunteer. He worked his way up through the ranks of the Republican Party of Wisconsin as 1st Congressional DistrictChairman, State Party Treasurer, First Vice Chair, and eventually State Party Chairman. In 2009, he served asGeneral Counsel to the RNC, a role in which he volunteered his time.

White House Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor: Stephen Bannon
Bannon worked as the campaign CEO for Trump’s presidential campaign. He is the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Network, LLC and the Chief Executive Officer of American Vantage Media Corporation and Affinity Media. Mr. Bannon is also a Partner of Societe Gererale, a talent management company in the entertainment business. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Genius Products, Inc. since February 2005.

Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
Sen. Sessions began his legal career as a practicing attorney in Russellville, Alabama, and then in Mobile. Following a two-year stint as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Sessions was nominated by President Reagan in 1981 and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for Alabama’s Southern District, a position he held for 12 years. Sessions was elected Alabama Attorney General in 1995, serving as the state’s chief legal officer until 1997, when he entered the United States Senate. Sessions currently sits on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

National Security Advisor: Michael Flynn
Flynn is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general who last served as 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, from July 22, 2012 to August 7, 2014.

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): Representative Mike Pompeo (R-Ks.)
Pompeo has been the U.S. Representative for Kansas’s 4th congressional district since 2011. Rep. Pompeo currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Ambassador to the United Nations: Governor Nikki Haley (R)
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was asked to serve as Trump’s next ambassador to the United Nations. Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, was elected as Governor in 2011. She is the youngest current governor in the United States. She previously served in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos
Betsy DeVos has been tapped for the position of Secretary of Education. DeVos is a Michigan Republican activist and philanthropist. She is the former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, and is currently the chairman of The Windquest Group, a Michigan-based investment management company.

Secretary of Health and Human Service (HHS): Representative Tom Price (R-Ga.)
Congressman Tom Price was first elected to represent Georgia’s 6th district in November 2004. Prior to going to Washington, Price served four terms in the Georgia State Senate – two as Minority Whip. In 2002, Price became the first Republican Senate Majority Leader in the history of Georgia. Price currently serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means. In the 114th Congress, Price was named Chair of the House Committee on the Budget. In previous Congresses, he has served as Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee. For nearly twenty years, Rep. Price worked in private practice as an orthopaedic surgeon. Before coming to Washington he returned to Emory University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and Medical Director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, teaching resident doctors in training. He received his Bachelor and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Michigan and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Emory University.

HHS is the U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The mission of HHS is to enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services.

Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): Seema Verma
Seema Verma is the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc., a national health policy consulting company. Ms. Verma is the architect of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), the nation's first consumer directed Medicaid program under Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana and Governor Pence’s HIP 2.0 waiver proposal. SVC and Ms. Verma have developed many of the recent Medicaid reform programs including waivers for Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky and Prepared by Hart Health Strategies, Updated January 2, 2017 2 helped design Tennessee’s coverage expansion proposal and also provided technical assistance to Michigan as they implemented their 1115 Medicaid waiver. Ms. Verma and SVC also supported Iowa’s Medicaid transition to managed care, as well as supporting efforts Medicaid strategy efforts in Maine. Ms. Verma served as the State of Indiana’s health reform lead following the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and has worked with multiple public health agencies and state insurance agencies as they prepared for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including interpreting and implementing regulatory changes and understanding the impact of the health exchanges on state insurance markets. Ms. Verma participated on the Republican Governor's Public Policy Committee on Medicaid reform and contributed to the development of the report “A New Medicaid: A Flexible, Innovation and Accountable Future.” Prior to consulting, Ms. Verma served as Vice President of Planning for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County and as a Director with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in Washington D.C.

CMS is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, and is responsible for administering Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

United States Secretary of the Treasury: Steven Mnuchin
Mnuchin worked as the national finance chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign. He is a former partner at Goldman Sachs, founded the hedge fund Dune Capital Management, and was an investor in the film industry.

The Treasury Secretary acts as an advisor on tax policy. Their Department is responsible for collecting taxes and enforcing tax law, which covers the formation of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and tax deductibility for health care expenses.



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