Jim Gottlieb To Lead Efforts For Improved Access To Healthcare

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The National Patient Advocate Foundation welcomed Jim Gottlieb, a seasoned political strategist and legislative advisor with more than thirty years experience in government relations as its Executive Vice President of Government Affairs.

Gottlieb will manage outreach efforts in Washington, D.C. for NPAF -- a national, non- profit, patient-focused organization dedicated to advancing sound policy and legislative reform at the state and federal levels and ensuring patients have access to improved, adequate and timely reimbursement for healthcare. Gottlieb will spearhead NPAF's government affairs activities designed to work with Members of Congress and their staffs to find solutions to patient access issues, as well as work with other D.C.-based patient groups with similar issues and interests.

Central to his efforts will be communicating to Members of Congress the experiences of patients served through NPAF's companion organization, Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF). PAF helps patients navigate the often confusing and frustrating insurance policies and reimbursement process, and mediates disputes to ensure access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of financial stability during illness.

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"We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Jim's extensive background in the healthcare sector and on Capitol Hill representing our organization and driving our efforts in Washington," said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, President and CEO of NPAF. "We work with patients daily and understand the difficult environment they face when managing the reimbursement of their treatment, from early detection to end-of-life care. As we face the challenges of our health care system, including growing health care costs and complicated reimbursement systems, Jim's inside-the-beltway experience will surely be an asset to our advocacy efforts and our ability to best serve the patient community."

Most recently, Gottlieb served as Chief Management Consultant to Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI), a non-profit medical research institute dedicated to the study of memory and memory disorders. During his time at BRNI, Gottlieb served as a strategic policy and advocacy advisor, and managed the restructuring of a multi-million dollar medical research facility for the study of brain disorders. While in this role Gottlieb also served as legal counsel and policy advisor to the Institute's Chairman and CEO.

Gottlieb has also served as a Strategic Management Consultant to the George Washington University Medical Center's Center for Health Services & Policy. He also brings to NPAF more than twenty-six years of Capitol Hill experience, having served as a committee Staff Director & then Chief of Staff to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) beginning in 1992. From 1977 to 1992 he worked for Representative Ted Weiss (D-NY) and the House Committee on Government Operations (now Committee on Oversight & Government Reform).

"Providing patients with access to affordable, quality health care is a national and bi-partisan priority, yet far too many Americans still can not get basic care or the many advances being made in science and medicine," Gottlieb said. "NPAF and PAF have been at the forefront of the fight for patients' healthcare access for over a decade, both at the grassroots level working one-on-one to advocate for individual patients and their families, and at the federal and state levels advancing policy solutions. It was obvious to me that they work every day to fulfill their motto, "because what we do matters." So for me this is an incredible opportunity to become part of an already great team to help advance their important work for patients."

National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) is a national, non-profit organization that is dedicated to the mission of creating avenues of patient access through improved access to, and reimbursement for, evolving therapies, therapeutic agents, and devices through policy and legislative reform at the state and federal levels. Our mission is shaped by the experiences of the patients served through our companion organization, Patient Advocate Foundation.

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