Government affairs, food and drug law, Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance, Health IT, health care tax policy
Office of Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., Office of Congressman Bill Cassidy M.D., Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP)
Robb Walton, Principal, BGR Government Affairs, came to the firm after spending nearly five years as the Senior Health Policy Advisor and Counsel for Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) where he managed the health policy team and developed the Senator’s health care agenda. He focused on issues related to the Senator’s role on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services. During his time with Sen. Cassidy, Robb developed numerous policy proposals, including those in health IT and mental health policy that were signed into law in the 21st Century Cures legislation in 2016. In addition, Robb drafted comprehensive private health insurance and Medicaid reform proposals for the Senator that continue to be instrumental in the debate over changes to those policy areas. Robb often spoke on behalf of the Senator at conferences, panels, and briefings.
Robb joined Rep. Bill Cassidy’s office in 2012 in the House of Representatives, where he provided daily counsel to the Congressman regarding health policy and legislation, particularly in his role as a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. During his time in the House, Robb developed Medicare reimbursement policy for the Congressman that was later included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
Robb started his career on Capitol Hill working for Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) on the Senate HELP Committee where he engaged in the oversight of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and assisted the development and enactment of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act, which reauthorized the user fee programs for prescription drugs and medical devices and created new user fee programs for generic drugs and biosimilars.
Robb received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in philosophy in 2009 from the University of Maryland where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He received a Master of Arts degree in American Government from Georgetown University in 2010 and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law in 2016, where he was Vice President of the Student Bar Association. Robb is a member of the Maryland Bar.