Government Relations

Federal, state and community social program eligibility is complex and enrollment processes are changing all the time. However, we have in place an assembled team who is experienced, proficient and well-equipped to navigate this challenging environment. Developing relationships at all levels of government provides us with expertise not commonly found in the private sector. This enables us to better inform and explain the changing dynamics to our health plan clients and their members.

Government Relations Team

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Tim Jones
Director of Government Relations

E tim.jones@altegrahealth.com
P 703-597-5521
F 800-886-0039

Tim Jones joined the Government Relations Team in 2013.

Tim joins Altegra Health with more than 11 years of Government Relations experience in policy and advocacy. Most recently, he served as Director, State Government Affairs for Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Tim worked as a Government Relations specialist, where he developed legislation in support of NCRIC Group, Inc. in Washington, D.C. He also served as a legislative correspondent for former U.S. Senator George V. Voinovich in Washington, D.C.

Tim earned a BA in Political Science and Economics from Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland.

Tim’s primary focus for Altegra Health is on public policy and real-time advocacy initiatives related to Medicare, Medicaid, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and dual eligibility. He is also routinely promoting Altegra Health’s interests before federal and state regulatory bodies, agencies and organizations, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Linda Bylow
Director of Government Relations

E linda.bylow@altegrahealth.com
P 888-528-9488 ext. 5114
C 602-692-9317
F 800-886-0039

Linda joined the Government Relations Team in 2004 and brought more than 20 years of experience in Medicaid administration and managed care organizations.

Prior to joining Altegra Health’s Government Relations Team, Linda helped develop and manage the “Medicaid in the Public Schools” program for the state of Arizona. Previously, she served as Public Information Officer for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid agency. In that role, Linda was a community and media liaison educating the public on Medicaid eligibility and enrollment. She has worked for numerous non-profit health agencies, organized and led grassroots health coalitions, and served on a variety of community boards of directors, including the Arizona Public Health Association.

Linda is responsible for cultivating collaborative relationships between Altegra Health and government agencies throughout the western United States.

Dana Griffin
Director of Government Relations

E dana.griffin@altegrahealth.com
P 888-528-9488 ext. 7880
F 800-886-0039

Dana Griffin joined the Government Relations Team in 2013.

Dana joins Altegra Health with more than eight years of experience working in Government Relations. Most recently, she served in the Policy, Community and Government Affairs Department at Nemours Health and Prevention Services in Newark, Delaware. Prior to her role at Nemours, Dana served as a consultant for Aetna and as a case manager/plan administrator at Merill Lynch.

Dana earned a BS in Environmental Science from Rutgers University and a JD from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.

She is responsible for cultivating collaborative relationships between Altegra Health and government agencies throughout the eastern United States.

Vicki Jessup
Director of Government Relations

E vicki.jessup@altegrahealth.com
P 888-528-9488 ext. 7777
C 608-576-4317
F 800-886-0039

Vicki Jessup brought more than 12 years of experience in Medicaid policy and program administration when she joined the Government Relations Team in 2011.

As the Policy Section Chief for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Vicki was responsible for eligibility policy for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Vicki collaborated with advocates and government officials in federal, state and local agencies to plan, implement and communicate program changes, while also managing projects to enhance Wisconsin’s eligibility systems and enrollment processes. She also had a major role in the planning and implementation of several Medicaid expansions in Wisconsin, including SeniorCare, BadgerCare Plus and the Core Plan for childless adults.

Vicki earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Vicki is responsible for cultivating collaborative relationships between Altegra Health and government agencies in the Midwestern region of the United States.

Medicaid Eligibility Resources and Human Services Resources

Our esteemed Government Relations team has built strong working relationships in every state and with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Below is a list of web links that the Altegra Health Government Relations team commonly access when checking for program updates.