McDermott+Consulting Continues Rapid Growth with Addition of Health Policy Expert Debbie Curtis

McDermott+Consulting, a national healthcare lobbying and policy consulting firm, today announced that Debbie Curtis has joined the team as Vice President. Debbie brings with her more than three decades of experience working on both the Hill and with the health insurance exchange market.

“Debbie’s wealth of experience will be an incredible benefit to our clients at McDermottPlus looking to advance their missions in Congress and beyond,” said Eric Zimmerman, co-head of McDermottPlus. “She is a powerful addition to our team and further expands our existing health policy and advocacy strategy capabilities.”

Debbie helps clients execute advocacy strategy, see around the corner on policy and regulatory changes, and pursue effective engagement. She has deep experience working closely with payors, industry stakeholders and government officials at the federal, state and local levels. Debbie worked for 24 years as a Congressional Staffer. She most recently served in a joint position as Chief of Staff to US Representative Pete Stark (D-CA) and as a professional staff member on the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means, Health Subcommittee. Debbie was integrally involved in the creation and movement of health legislation through the committee, with a focus on improving and protecting Medicare. She was a key staffer in the development of the Affordable Care Act and worked closely with the Administration, Congressional committees and Leadership on the implementation of the law.

“I am eager to join the growing team at McDermottPlus,” said Debbie Curtis. “They are leading the way in terms of analytics and policy advice at such an important time for the healthcare industry, and I look forward working with this group of experts in their fields.”

Debbie joins McDermottPlus from the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority, where she was Deputy Director of the DC Health Link, the District of Columbia’s online state-based health insurance exchange marketplace. In this leadership role, she worked closely with stakeholders, advocates and government officials at the local and federal levels and led the Authority’s interactions with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.