Wayne Turner is a Senior Attorney in the National Health Law Program’s Washington, D.C., offices, where he focuses on issues related to federal health reform, consumer protections in managed care, and the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program.
Wayne came to the National Health Law Program from the DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, where he was a staff attorney. His project areas included Blue Cross Blue Shield reform, children’s health, and improving end of life care for District of Columbia residents. He also served as a co-facilitator of the Children are Healthy working group at the DC Promise Neighborhoods Initiative in a project that sought to provide an opportunity for Medicaid enrollees and local providers to meet with top policy officials and elected leaders.
Wayne is a longtime HIV/AIDS and healthcare consumer advocate. Before making the transition to a legal career, he spent more than a decade working to advance the health care rights of atrisk populations. He co-founded ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) in Washington, DC, and successfully lobbied to include greater consumer participation and accountability measures in Ryan White CARE Act-funded services. He also ran the campaign for DC’s Initiative 59, which provides legal protections for seriously ill patients and caregivers and was approved by voters in 1998.
Wayne earned his B.A. at Reed College and graduated magna cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. In law school, Wayne worked as a fellow in the HIV/ AIDS Legal Clinic, where he prepared living wills and standby guardianships for clients with HIV/AIDS and their children. He is a member of the DC Bar Health Law Section.
Wayne is featured in the 2011 PBS documentary Out in America, in which he describes the impact of the AIDS pandemic on the LGBT community through his personal account of losing his life-partner Steve to the disease.