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Rodney L. Whitlock

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Rodney L. Whitlock

P: 202.434.7352
E: RLWhitlock@mlstrategies.com

701 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.,
Washington, DC 20004

Rodney L. Whitlock


Vice President, Health Policy

Rodney is a veteran health care policy professional with more than 20 years of experience working with the US Congress, where he served as health policy advisor and as Acting Health Policy Director for Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and, earlier, on the staff of former US Representative Charlie Norwood of Georgia.

During his years with Representative Norwood, Rodney managed the Patients’ Bill of Rights, which passed the House in 1999 and 2001. In February 2005, Rodney left the office of Congressman Norwood to join the Finance Committee Staff as a health policy advisor to Chairman Grassley. In that capacity, he was lead Senate staffer for the Medicaid provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006.

In 2007, Rodney worked on the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, which passed Congress twice and was subsequently vetoed twice by President George W. Bush. Rodney spent 2009 and 2010 deeply engaged in health care reform legislation. Late in 2010, he became the Acting Health Policy Director for Senator Grassley, and shepherded the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 into law. Following his tenure in Senator Grassley’s Congressional office, Rodney served as Health Policy Director in the Senator’s personal office.

Education

    B.A. (1987) from Roanoke College

    M.A. (1989) from Appalachian State University

    Ph.D. in Political Science (1998) from the University of Georgia

Publications

Speaking Engagements

    Speaker, National Association of Counties, 2017 Legislative Conference, Washington DC. (02.26.2017)

    Panelist, World Congress Managed Health Care Congress “Considering Medicaid Under a Block Grant Model, Budget Cuts, and Other Reforms.” Arlington, VA (02.27.2017)

    Speaker, Digestive Disease National Coalition Legislative Conference, Washington, DC. (03.05.2017)

    Speaker, Roanoke College, Public Affairs Society Program, Salem, VA. (03.15.2017)

    Panelist, Leading Age Spring Public Policy Congress, Washington, DC. (03.19.2017)

    Panelist, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Cancer Policy Roundtable, Washington, DC (03.30.2017)

    Speaker, National Council on Aging, benefits Enrollment Conference, Washington DC (04.20.2017)

    Panelist, Alliance of Community Health Plans, Annual Symposium, Washington, DC (04.26.2017)

    Panelist, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Issues Session, Washington, DC (04.30.2017)

    Speaker, Pennsylvania Homecare Association Annual Conference, Tobyhanna, PA, (05.03.2017)

    Speaker, Health Management Associates Spring Retreat, Philadelphia, PA (05.04.2017)

    Panelist, Health and Aging Policy Fellowship Program, Washington, DC (05.12.2017)