At Breakaway, Margaret provides strategic guidance to clients on issues related to the state insurance marketplaces, Medicare and Medicaid policy and emerging payment and delivery models. In addition, Margaret oversees the day-to-day operations of the team.
Before joining Breakaway Policy Strategies in February 2013, Margaret served as Senior Director for Public Policy at Walgreens. At Walgreens, she developed and led a strategic process to engage the company’s business leadership with the goal of identifying and prioritizing proactive legislative and regulatory initiatives that supported key business objectives and drove business development opportunities. While overseeing the State and Federal policy team within the Government Affairs Department, she translated Walgreens’ business agenda into a national and state-specific policy strategy.
Prior to joining Walgreens, Margaret spent over seven years at Avalere Health, most recently as a Director. In that role she was a leading expert on topics such as Medicare policy analysis, product reimbursement services and analytic research, offering strategic solutions and policy options to a wide range of health care industry stakeholders including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, managed care organizations, pharmacy benefit managers, government agencies, patient advocacy groups, provider associations, non-profits and think tanks, and Members of Congress.
Earlier in her health policy career, Margaret was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), estimating the budgetary impact of legislation on Medicare services with a focus on prescription drugs. She was extensively involved in the estimation of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 and also analyzed the budgetary effects of legislation on importation, Hatch-Waxman and Medicaid prescription drugs. In addition to analyzing the effects of legislative proposals, she also estimated future program spending under current law for the programs in her portfolio. Prior to her tenure at the CBO, Margaret was a consultant within the information technology sector of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Margaret holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Arizona and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago.