Priscilla Chatman, JD
President & CEO
- Priscilla Chatman is President and CEO of Chatman, LLC a government and community relations health consultancy firm. Chatman, LLC is the Delaware Navigator Entity responsible to implement President Obama’s landmark legislation the Affordable Care Act throughout the state of Delaware. The firm is also a navigator entity partner in the State of Maryland where they work with Health Care Access Maryland, the Central Region Connector Entity providing certified navigators for Baltimore County and Anna Arundel County. Under these contracts Chatman, LLC’s staff of 18 people do outreach, education and enrollment into Qualified Health Plans offered on the marketplace exchanges.
- Chatman, LLC also does a breadth and depth of health policy work representing clients before Congress and the administration. Currently we represent Rush University Medical Center, a large academic medical center in Chicago, Illinois. Among our successes, we secured for them $12.9 million dollars for a CMS innovation grant.
- Ms. Chatman has served in a variety of senior level roles. As an experienced health policy attorney, she directed the Washington office of the American Urological Association, a physician’s membership organization. There she worked extensively on medical device issues, national health care reform, Medicare reimbursement, health information technology, imaging, comparative effectiveness research and other provider issues.
- She was Vice President for Government at the Lupus Foundation of American where she was the lead advocate to Congress and the administration including the Department of Defense, HHS, CMS, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention from which she adeptly secured millions of dollars in research funding. She gained extensive appropriations experience and worked with NIH on the research roadmap and with the FDA on the drug approval pathway. Ms. Chatman frequently met with the President’s Special Assistant for Domestic Policy at the White House and secured in President Bush’s budget a line item appropriation for lupus research.
- Ms. Chatman was Counsel and Director of Government for the nation’s second largest senior’s organization, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) where she directed advocacy on Medicare, prescription drug coverage, Medicaid, home care and hospice, nursing homes, long term care and Social Security. Ms. Chatman developed an expertise in pharmaceuticals, from the bench research at NIH to the drug approval pathway at the FDA, the debates over Average Wholesale Price for Medicare and rebates for Medicaid.
- She was invited to brief the House Democratic Caucus numerous times and invited to speak on Medicare at 36 Congressional town hall meetings all across the country. She was also a frequent presenter at conferences and Hill briefings. Ms. Chatman worked with President Clinton’s administration on Medicare reform and routinely supplied seniors to participate in presidential press conferences to highlight as examples of the need for prescription drug coverage in Medicare. The Hill newspaper, Washington’s top trade publication, named Ms. Chatman as one of the top lobbyists by sector. She was twice appointed chair of the Health Committee of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), a coalition of 54 national groups that address seniors’ issues.
- At the NCPSSM she led the host committee for visiting Chinese delegations who came to American to learn about advocacy organizations and their role in health care policy.
- Ms Chatman’s experience includes serving as senior policy analyst at an academic medical center, the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, where she advocated to the state and federal governments on clinical trials, licensure, reimbursement, rural health and telemedicine. She was an advisor to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) addressing the FDA requirements for the protection of human subjects as well as informed consent. Ms. Chatman was instrumental in getting passed into law a bill that required insurers pay for medical costs incident to cancer clinical trials when the patient’s life was in danger; the first such bill in the nation. She conceptualized and lead in the passage of a bill that provided state funded mammograms for low income women.
- Ms. Chatman’s health policy career began when she was recruited to serve as Special Assistant for then United States Senator Harris Wofford (D, PA); she traveled all across Pennsylvania reporting out on the Clinton national health care reform proposals. The culmination of this experience was in 2010 when she participated in the negotiations for the writing of the ACA while representing urologist. An expert on HHS issues, she is immersed in the details of national health care reform implementation and brings this expertise to her clients.
- Ms Chatman attended Swarthmore College before receiving her Bachelor’s of Art Degree from Temple University and her Juris Doctorate degree from Widener University School of Law where she graduated Order of the Barrister.