Taylor Cowey

Vice President

B.A., American University

(203) 848-7720

Taylor Cowey joined the Wynne Health Group at its founding after two years in the health policy practice of a respected boutique government relations firm based in Washington, D.C. There she developed extensive policy acumen in the federal legislative and regulatory issues that impact a diverse array of stakeholders in the healthcare space. Taylor brings unique expertise in Medicaid policy, state innovation waivers, hospital and provider issues, and the health of women and children.

Prior to joining the Wynne Health Group, Taylor specialized in women’s reproductive health and justice in positions at the National Abortion Federation Hotline Fund and the National Partnership for Women and Families. These experiences afforded a deep understanding of the social determinants and disparities that impact our health and the way we access care – a concept that she strives to carry through in her policy work.

Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from American University in Washington, D.C., where she had the privilege to lead student delegations to Nepal and India to investigate women’s health in the context of the caste system and the Tibetan Diaspora. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines the social determinants of health as the “conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.” The concept, which comes from the global public health field, is at its best when it is understood to encompass an individual’s social location—their race, ethnicity, sex, class, ability, orientation, culture, and how each of these identities impact them in their community context. It was created to identify and serve the most vulnerable among the world’s populations and to address the inequities that disproportionately impact their lives and their health. ...
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A Look Inside The Hospital Transparency Final Rule

On November 15, 2019, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a controversial set of requirements for the disclosure of hospital pricing data to degrees heretofore not seen. Stemming from the recent transparency Executive Order (EO), the final rule reflects the current administration’s overall push to increase pricing and cost transparency throughout the health care system. While the original proposal faced substantial backlash from stakeholders, CMS’ final decision is nearly identical to what the agency originally proposed....
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What Does Alex Azar’s Plan for Value-Based Care Really Mean?

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State Waivers As A National Policy Lever: The Trump Administration, Work Requirements, And Other Potential Reforms In Medicaid

As states line up to avail themselves of new flexibilities in the section 1115 Medicaid wavier process, we thought it important to examine exactly what was approved in Kentucky and Indiana, and to survey the current landscape of pending proposals in search of what other reforms may be on the horizon....
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Navigating The Section 1332 Waiver Process: For States, A Treacherous Road Ahead

In light of the mounting legislative efforts to make changes to the section 1332 waiver process, especially in the Alexander-Murray market stabilization package, and enhanced state interest in availing themselves of this opportunity, we figured it timely to provide an overview of this aspect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the record of how state applications have been adjudicated so far, and the prospects of change to the policy in the near term. Unfortunately, given the considerable uncertainty in both the legislative and executive branches regarding the future of these waivers, states cannot safely expend meaningful resources on developing new applications for the program at this time....
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