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February 21, 2023

Federal Health Policy: An Insider’s Perspective

A Conversation with Professor Tim Westmoreland

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Tim Westmoreland—professor of practice emeritus at Georgetown Law, longtime congressional staffer for former U.S. congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), and former director of the Medicaid Program—shared a lifetime of experiences in federal health policymaking from the early federal response to HIV to the Affordable Care Act.

This event was hosted through Georgetown University’s Conversations in Health: Global to Local class, which invites global health professionals to Georgetown’s campus to engage in discussions regarding their career paths and expertise. John Monahan guides the structured conversation, and the discussion is open to all Georgetown University faculty, students, and staff.


Tim Westmoreland is a professor of practice emeritus at Georgetown Law. From 1979 through 1995, Professor Westmoreland served as counsel to the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1995 through 1999, he was the senior policy fellow at Georgetown Law's Federal Legislation Clinic. From mid-1999 through January 2001, Westmoreland was the director of the Medicaid program for the federal government. He has worked extensively on public health and health finance policy. Westmoreland was counsel to the Advisory Committee on Tobacco Policy and Public Health and an advisor to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

John T. Monahan is a professor in the Department of Medicine, a senior advisor for global health to Georgetown University’s President John J. DeGioia, a senior fellow at the McCourt School of Public Policy, and a senior scholar at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law.