Horizon Government Affairs Adds Allison Wils as Vice President of Strategy

Vice President of Strategy marries experience with opportunity in new role building on HGA’s record-setting growth

WASHINGTON, DC (October 4, 2018): Horizon Government Affairs is pleased to announce that Allison Wils, Esq., has joined its Washington D.C. office as Vice President of Strategy. 

The newly added position will be tasked with building upon HGA's record growth and recent extension into state health policy by enhancing the firm's visibility and reach, as well as managing HGA's offerings in state and regulatory affairs, among other responsibilities.

Wils brings to the role a wealth of strategic development experience, having launched and served as the first Executive Director of The ERISA Industry Committee's (ERIC) State Mandate Action Program - a resource providing ERIC members with real-time, actionable information on current and emerging state and local laws and regulations. As ERIC’s Senior Director of Health Policy, Wils monitored legislative and regulatory activity across the country, conducted analyses and advised members on appropriate policy responses. 

Most recently, Wils served as Health Policy Advisor for Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies where she advised clients on healthcare matters at the federal and state level and led advocacy efforts before decisionmakers in Congress and the administration.

There, she was retained by HGA to help consult for the state of Wisconsin as it sought a Section 1332 waiver to address rising health insurance premiums. With Wils' invaluable support, HGA helped state leaders devise a $200 million state-based reinsurance program that was recently approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The program is expected to reduce Wisconsinites' premiums by an average of 11 percent, as compared to without the waiver.

HGA President Joel White released the following statement announcing her hire:

"Allison has been a longtime friend to Horizon Government Affairs and will make an outstanding Vice President of Strategy for our winning team. Her expertise across healthcare fields - telehealth, health insurance reform, and state and federal policy and regulatory challenges, to name a few - make her a highly sought-after voice in today's complex and evolving health policy climate. Trusted among policymakers on both sides of the aisle in Washington and in statehouses across the country, Allison will be an invaluable resource to HGA's growing roster of clients and coalition members alike," said HGA President Joel White.

Earlier in her career, Wils served as a Policy Specialist for the National Academy for State Health Policy and a Contracts & Grants Specialist for the Cover Oregon state-based exchange.

A graduate of Willamette University and Willamette University College of Law, Wils developed the law school's first certificate in law and government with an emphasis on health policy. Wils designed the course of study herself, becoming the first student to graduate with such a concentration. While there, Wils also gained key experience as a law clerk representing state regulatory boards before the Department of Justice and founded the school's Health and Law Policy Society.

Wils can be reached at AWils@HorizonDC.com
 

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Background:
Horizon Government Affairs (HGA) is a full-service government affairs consultancy delivering consistent results for clients through cutting-edge strategies and best in market tactics. We have been the driving force behind more than 40 federal and state laws and dozens of regulatory changes over the last ten years. 

HGA administers six broad-based coalitions and campaigns, including the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, Health IT Now, Prescriptions for a Healthy America, Clear Choices Campaign, Partnership for Employer-Sponsored Coverage, and Rare Disease Legislative Advocates. Learn more at www.horizondc.com.