WASHINGTON—Henry A. Waxman, who served in the House of Representatives for 40 years, has joined the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) board of directors. NHeLP protects and advances the health care rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families.
“We are delighted to welcome Rep. Waxman to our board. The Congressman is a true leader with whom we have proudly partnered over the years in our work to protect the health of individuals across the United States,” said Elizabeth G. Taylor, NHeLP executive director. “Rep. Waxman distinguished himself in Congress as an advocate for Medicaid and CHIP expansion, as well as increasing health resources for women and people living with HIV/AIDS and fighting for consumer protection and the environment. He brings decades of experience and political acumen to our already accomplished board. He has been described as ‘tougher than a boiled owl’ in fighting for legislation that matters. We will put that toughness to good use!”
“I have had a number of opportunities since I left Congress, but this one is special,” said Waxman. “NHeLP has fought as long as I have to make quality health care available to the people who need it most. I have appreciated and admired NHeLP’s work and am glad to have the opportunity to lend my support.”
“I can’t think of anyone else today who could bring the Congressman’s deep understanding of health care policy to support and strengthen NHeLP,” said Robert Weiner, NHeLP board chair. “We look forward to working together to continue fighting to expand access to care for individuals and families.”
Rep. Waxman currently serves as Chairman of Waxman Strategies, a public affairs and strategic communications firm. He advises clients on public policy and continues to focus on the issues he championed while in Congress, including health care, environment, energy, technology and telecommunications. In addition, he is a Regent Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles and an advisor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During his time in the House of Representatives, he served as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Committee and Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. Rep. Waxman also served as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health and the Environment.