This year’s midterm elections were perhaps some of the most anticipated in our nation’s history. With the political divide captivating Americans on both sides of the aisle, there were 36 gubernatorial seats up for grabs and a House of Representatives that could go either way. And for healthcare, the stakes have never been higher. But could compromise and action really, finally be on the horizon?

About the presenters:

Margaret Long, Principal, Willow Pointe Consulting Group
As an award-winning corporate affairs executive, Margaret Long has expertise in government relations, media/product communications, issue management, corporate and social responsibility, PAC/grassroots and stakeholder engagement. Ms. Long previously served as Vice President of Business Communications and Stakeholder Engagement for Astellas US LLC and led the strategic development and implementation of all communications for all the Company’s pipeline and existing product portfolios. Along with her impressive public affairs resume, Ms. Long has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Kevin Canan, Managing Partner, MainStreet Advocates
Kevin Canan is an established attorney with over 20 years of government relations, public policy, campaign and legal experience, including work on five Presidential campaigns in numerous states throughout the country. Prior to founding MSA, Mr. Canan created and developed the state and local government affairs function for Covidien, a $14 billion global health care manufacturer. He was responsible for developing overall state and local government affairs strategy for the company. Additionally, while in law school, Mr. Canan served as the Law Clerk to the Vice President of the United States.

John Ray, Director, Government Affairs, Kimbell and Associates
John Ray has extensive knowledge in lobbying efforts and government affairs, including prior work as a federal lobbyist for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) – representing over 60,000 occupational therapists and focusing on Medicare provider issues – as well as work on several legislative initiatives such as Medicare Access and the CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). In addition to Mr. Ray’s lobbying career, he previously worked for Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, managing an issue portfolio that included healthcare and other issues. Mr. Ray currently serves as the Executive Director of the Claim Your Health Data Coalition. 

David Rudloff, Manager, Government Affairs, Kimbell and Associates
Where healthcare meets legality, David Rudloff is the go-to man. Before Mr. Rudloff’s current role, he served as a litigation paralegal at Covington & Burling where he assisted in a variety of practice groups including patent litigation, product liabilities and white-collar investigations. Mr. Rudloff has assisted with complex pharmaceutical litigations involving ocular drugs, anticoagulants, and antivirals in addition to playing a key role in pro-bono representation of D.C. residents in substandard housing and a major federal civil rights lawsuit with the Innocence Project of New Orleans.