Overview


Rodney is an accomplished health care advisor with more than two decades on the Hill where he specialized in rural health, the health care safety net and disability policy.

With more than 25 years of experience, Rodney possesses and offers clients the kind of knowledge that is uniquely available to those who have drafted and advanced legislation. He strategically guides clients through dense Medicare and Medicaid issues that have significant business impact.

While working in Congress, Rodney served as former US Representative Charlie Norwood’s (R-GA) health policy director where he managed the Patients’ Bill of Rights (S.1890), among other notable health policy matters.  Rodney then went on to serve Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in the Senate. He first joined the Senate Finance Committee Staff as a health policy advisor to Chairman Grassley, and ultimately joined the Senator’s personal office as health policy director.  During his time in the Senate, Rodney served as the lead Republican staffer for Medicaid legislation from 2005 to 2010, and continued to serve Senator Grassley on all health-related issues through 2015. During his time in the Senate, Rodney helped staff Republicans in the Senate on such prominent and important legislation as the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2007 and 2009 and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

For the last 20 years, Rodney has been an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, and the Graduate School of Political Management’s Department of Legislative Affairs. Hundreds of students have taken Rodney’s courses and have gone on to pursue careers in Washington, DC.

Education


  • University of Georgia, Ph.D.
  • Appalachian State University, M.A.
  • Roanoke College, B.A.

Representative Experience


  • Served as lead health policy staff for Representative Charlie Norwood (R-GA) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), as well as the Senate Finance Committee
  • Worked with multiple Administrations to advance health care priorities
  • Prominent speaker and thought leader on health care policy
  • Led responses to congressional inquiries and preparation efforts for congressional testimony
  • Led several federal strategic planning efforts focusing on developing federal advocacy efforts, issue priorities and policy analysis
  • Led efforts on building and maintaining relationship with members and staff to increase profiles and presence on Capitol Hill
  • Authoritative resource on health policy issues, including, Medicaid, Marketplace and Medicare policy

Insights and In the News


Healthcare Preview: Week of October 18, 2021

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of October 4, 2021

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of September 27

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of September 20

House Committee Markups - What's Next

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of September 14

September Congressional Preview

Health Policy Breakroom - Ep 82 House Legislative Deadline

Health Policy Breakroom - Ep 80 Infrastructure And Budget Resolution Bills

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of August 13

Health Policy Breakroom - Ep 79 COVID - 19 Vaccine Holdouts And Policy Response

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of August 2

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of July 19

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of July 12

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of June 28

Health Policy Breakroom Ep 72 - SCOTUS decision on the ACA

Health Policy Breakroom Ep 71 - SCOTUS and the ACA

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of June 7

President’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget: What You Need to Know

Healthcare Breakroom Ep 70 - COVID Vaccine Rate Goals

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of May 24

Healthcare Breakroom Ep 69 - Congressional Hearings And Welcome To Our Data Analytic ...

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of May 17

Healthcare Breakroom Ep 68 - COVID Vaccines for Young Americans

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of May 10

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of May 4

Health Policy Breakroom Ep. 66 - The American Families Plan

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of April 26

Health Policy Breakroom Ep. 65 - CMS Reverses Texas Medicaid Waiver

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of April 19

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of April 12

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of March 29

Health Policy Breakroom Ep. 63 - 11 Years of the ACA

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of March 22

Health Policy Breakroom Ep. 62 - Sequester Relief Bills Introduced

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of March 15

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Key Healthcare Provisions

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of March 8

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of March 1

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of February 22

Health Policy Breakroom Ep. 59 - Earmarks Are Back

Health Policy Breakroom Ep. 57 - Groundhog Day

Senate Rules Could Pose Hurdles for Vaccine Funds

Health Policy Breakroom Ep. 55 - Welcome to the Biden Administration

7 Ways President Biden Could Now Change Healthcare

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of January 19

The First 100 Days: Biden's Healthcare Outlook

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of January 11

Health Policy Breakroom Ep. 53 - Georgia and Capitol Unrest

Medicaid, Obamacare Expected to Top Democrats’ Early Health Agenda, Former Aides and ...

The Health 202: The Georgia Wins Gave Democrats the Narrowest of Openings for ...

With New Majority, Here’s What Democrats Can (and Can’t) Do ...

Health Care Briefing: Georgia Races to Shape Biden Health Policy

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of January 4

Summary of Key Health Provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of December 14

Health Policy Breakroom Ep. 52 - The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Drug Pricing – Trump Administration Announces Most-Favored Nation Drug Pricing Model

POLITICO Pulse

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: Week of December 7

Trump’s Lame-Duck Status Leaves Governors to Wing It on COVID

The Election Killed Any Dreams of Big Health Care Changes

The Health 202: Democrats Probably Lost Their Shot at Big Health Legislation such ...

Divided Congress Hinders Health-Care Agenda for Both Parties

If They Sweep on Election Day, Democrats Still Face a Challenge Meeting ...

If They Sweep on Election Day, Dems Still Face a Challenge Meeting ...

Rodney Whitlock Comments on Campaign Health Care Policy Perspectives

Axios Vitals

The Health 202: Congress Could Easily Make the Obamacare Lawsuit Go Away. It ...

Many Hospitals Charge More Than Twice What Medicare Pays for the Same ...

Senate GOP Poised to Finally Unveil Relief Package

Private Equity Lands Billion-Dollar Backdoor Hospital Bailout

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Rodney Whitlock, Ph.D.

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