OF COUNSELMIKE MEROLA Mike’s health policy expertise includes Medicare, Medicaid, and hospital reimbursement policy. He also has significant experience managing a wide array of issues on behalf of clients ranging from appropriations to employee benefits and tax policy. Mike has developed a reputation for outworking the competition, which has led to success on behalf of clients in some of the most difficult health care issues before Congress, from Medicare reimbursement to funding for public health. Clients depend on Mike to develop, implement, and manage advocacy strategies, to build coalitions and develop “win-win” scenarios for clients and their Members of Congress. Mike spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic and went on to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-NJ). Mike has an impressive array of relationships on Capitol Hill, including Senate Democrat Leadership and professional staff of the Appropriations, Finance, HELP, and Foreign Relations Committees. He also works closely with House Democrat Leadership and professional staff of the Appropriations, Energy & Commerce, and Ways & Means Committees. Clients also benefit from Mike’s reach into agencies like CMS and the U.S. Department of State.