Spring 2015Advocacy Corner

CapitolThe Southern California HIMSS Advocacy Team visited Capitol Hill on March 12th and 13th. Vish Nath, IT Program Director for Molina Healthcare, and Ian Slade, HIMSS SoCal VP for Advocacy and Public Policy, represented the committee. Richard Hodge, Senior Director for Congressional Affairs, Steve Pavlick, HIMSS National Government Relations, and Julie Brown, HIMSS National Associate Manager for State Government Affairs accompanied the SoCal team.

The delegation met with the following legislative offices:

Staff Member


Megan Thompson, Legislative Assistant

Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Tom Rivera, Legislative Research Assistant

Sen. Barbara Boxer

Araceli Gutierrez, Health Policy Fellow

Rep. Lucille Royball-Allard

Dao Nguyen, Legislative Assistant

Rep. Adam Schiff

Lakecia N. Foster, Tax and Health Counsel

Rep. Mike Thompson

Samantha Warren, Senior Legislative Assistant

Rep. Eric Swalwell

Devin McBrayer, Health Fellow, Women’s Policy Inc.

Rep. Lois Capps

Molly Fishman, Legislative Assistant

Rep. Jackie Speier

Bill Kutson, Policy Advisor

Rep. Devin Nunes

Jacqueline Eufrausino, Senior Legislative Assistant

Rep. Tony Cardenas

Andrew Goodwin, Legislative Assistant

Rep. Barbara Lee

Veronica Wong, Deputy Chief of Staff

Rep. Darrell Issa


Topics discussed during the visit included:

The purpose of these ongoing visits is to voice the concerns of HIMSS members from a National and State perspective. HIMSS has been a resource for expert opinion regarding Healthcare IT issues since its inception in 1961. Fostering relations with incumbent legislative offices is our valiant attempt to influence legislation that will ultimately affect everyone in the Healthcare Industry.


(L-R) Richard Hodge (HIMSS National) Dao Nguyen (Rep. Schiff legislative assistant),
Vish Nath & Ian Slade (SoCal HIMSS Advocacy Team)

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