Aetna Sr Government Relations Specialist -Medicare - 37691BR in Washington, District Of Columbia

Req ID: 37691BR


Supports and enhances effective Federal and State advocacy related to Medicare and other Government programs through strategic issue assessment, policy development and analysis, timely production of advocacy materials, thought leader development, and coalition building.

Fundamental Components:

Actively and strategically educates and develops strong working relationships with a set of external, credible thought leaders (Key Opinion Leaders) in think tanks and academic institutions who exert tangible thought leadership on key Medicare issues supporting market-based solutions to health reform and delivery.

Ability to work effectively and professionally with Federal and State regulators/lawmakers, such as HHS, CMS, MedPAC, Congress other government officials with responsibility for overseeing the health insurance industry.

Work effectively with, influence and mobilize policy positions of health care industry trade associations (e.g., Better Medicare Alliance), coalitions of employers, consumers, other groups in support of Aetna solutions.

Works in close collaboration with Federal and State Government Affairs colleagues and relevant Medicare and other business leaders.

Regularly scans environment for emerging policy trends based on market, policy, and legislative proposals, developments, data and research from Congress, Administration, government advisory committees, and leading think thanks.

Summarizes and synthesizes business implications of legislative and regulatory proposals, communicates such to business leaders, and takes action to influence these developments consistent with Aetnas overall Medicare perspective.

Supports the development of and helps executes the Public Policy Plan for Medicare and other Government programs; includes utilizing environmental scan and incorporating business priorities from business leaders and Government Affairs colleagues to set priorities for position development and Federal and State advocacy material preparation, updating the plan for changing events as necessary.

Identifies the key policy issues and debates facing Medicare and other Government business; collaborates with business leaders to understand business priorities; develops, recommends, and gains approval of Aetna policy positions on these issues (e.g., Medicare, payment reform and ACOs, private exchanges, health information technology, Part D, and others such as MACRA and Innovation Center opportunities.)

Drafts and gains company approval on full range of advocacy materials for use with Federal and State legislators and regulators which effectively articulate rationale for Aetna positions.

Synthesizes and utilizes up to date data and analyses supported by credible external thought leadership.


6-8 years of experience in either public policy and/or in a legislation or regulatory affairs arena related to Medicare.


The highest level of education desired for candidates in this position is a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.


Functional - Government Relations/Public affairs/7-10 Years


General Business/Communicating for Impact/ADVANCED

Leadership/Collaborating for Results/ADVANCED

Leadership/Developing and Executing Strategy/ADVANCED


Aetna is about more than just doing a job. This is our opportunity to re-shape healthcare for America and across the globe. We are developing solutions to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare. What we do will benefit generations to come.

We care about each other, our customers and our communities. We are inspired to make a difference, and we are committed to integrity and excellence.

Together we will empower people to live healthier lives.

Aetna is an equal opportunity & affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of personal characteristics or status. We take affirmative action to recruit, select and develop women, people of color, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

We are a company built on excellence. We have a culture that values growth, achievement and diversity and a workplace where your voice can be heard.

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Job Function: Legal