Today's Politico Pulse newsletter — a leading health policy beat in Washington D.C. — featured an excerpt on Andrea Maresca, the newest addition to Thorn Run Partners' elite health policy team. Maresca, who joins TRP as a Senior Vice President, worked most recently at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services as a special assistant and adviser to the deputy administrator. She also worked in the office of legislation and previously spent nearly a decade at the National Association of Medicaid Directors and National Governors Association. “We are thrilled to add to Andrea to our expanding health policy team,” stated TRP co-founding partner Andrew Rosenberg. “Both in terms of intellect and reputation, Andrea cements TRP Health Policy’s place among the city’s elite health policy practices and brings a level of expertise that our clients won’t ever find anywhere else.”
TRP in the News
For Immediate Release: February 20, 2018
Contact: Andrew Rosenberg, (202) 247-6301
Thorn Run Partners (TRP) announced today the addition of health policy expert Andrea Maresca as Senior Vice President. A veteran regulator, analyst, and advisor with over 15 years of policymaking experience in both government and non-government roles, Ms. Maresca maintains a deep reservoir of strong relationships and an unsurpassed knowledge of federal health policy issues, with a particular expertise in Medicaid.
In today's cover story for CQ Magazine, Thorn Run Partners' Andy Rosenberg and Harriet Melvin discuss how they have adapted to a changing lobbying environment following the 2016 election. “The whole last year has really changed a lot about the way you think about positioning your clients and their issues,” said Melvin. “It’s not just the change in administration, but it is the activism that is now out there.” Rosenberg touted the work that Thorn Run does in building stakeholder coalitions as a part of solving complex industry issues. “How in this cacophony of stakeholders do you get the attention of decision-makers to fix something?” asked Rosenberg. “You build a stakeholder coalition around it. You become the thought leader on the issue and then you convene other stakeholders and thought leaders.” The article also highlights the role that TRP Engage plays in executing strategic communication plans for clients.
Yesterday, O'Dwyer's PR News, a leading publication for PR and marketing communications firms, covered the launch of TRP Engage — Thorn Run's proprietary platform of customized communications tools designed to help clients better accomplish their government relations objectives. "TRP Engage is the product of a decade’s worth of listening to clients and developing a mix of communications capabilities that empower them to succeed at government relations,” said TRP co-founding partner Andy Rosenberg. “We help solve organizations’ strategic communications needs in a variety of ways, either serving as a standalone public relations firm or as an enhancement to our advocacy or policy work.
TRP Engage manifests the firm’s unique approach to efficiently employing impactful communications services and capabilities to supercharge clients’ government relations efforts.
Thorn Run Partners (TRP) (thornrun.com) today announced the launch of TRP Engage, a proprietary platform of customized communications tools designed to help clients better accomplish their government relations objectives. Whether pursuing direct policy advocacy, seeking to influence key decision makers, or standardizing the flow of communication to internal or external stakeholders, TRP clients benefit from this sophisticated package of communications tactics and capabilities.
This morning's "Morning Money" tipsheet from Politico featured comments from Thorn Run’s Jason Rosenstock on what sort of legislative activity we could see from Congress in 2018. Rosenstock astutely notes that while there is potential for “big swing” legislation such as infrastructure, the compressed 2018 legislative calendar and the upcoming mid-term elections make it more likely that Congressional Republicans will be looking to pass "small ball" bills that can generate broad bipartisan support. “This will be especially true in the House, where there is a palpable, growing fear that there could be a flip in November," said Rosenstock. "Possible agenda items for this strategy could include other areas of financial services regulatory relief, as well as a data breach bill, CFIUS reform and possible housing reform and flood insurance.”
In an Inside Health Policy article published yesterday, Thorn Run Partners Senior Vice President Shea McCarthy discussed the next steps for Republicans in Congress on healthcare reform, as well as the politics of Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacements in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. “With health care promising to be a top issue for voters again in 2018, Republicans in Congress are prone to tread lightly on anything that could potentially alienate their base,” said McCarthy. McCarthy said that this dynamic is likely to translate to more rhetoric over "repeal and replace" and the shortcomings of ACA, as well as a focus on Graham-Cassidy as a primary ACA replacement plan. "While some in the GOP will suggest that repeal of the individual mandate will necessitate market stabilization reforms this year, many more see it as an incremental step towards Graham-Cassidy,” said McCarthy.
In today's Politico Influence newsletter — the leading government relations beat in Washington D.C. — Thorn Run Partners was cited following the announcement of its strategic partnership with Rockingstone Group. “Partnering with Rockingstone offers Thorn Run’s clients access to an even deeper level of health policy expertise than ever before," said TRP's Andy Rosenberg. "It allows us to better serve our clients by providing them a seamless means of pairing our advocacy expertise with sophisticated research and in-depth policy projects."
Thorn Run Partners (TRP) (thornrun.com) and the Rockingstone Group (rockingstonegroup.com) today announced the formation of a strategic alliance to link their leading health care policy and tactical capabilities. The two firms will share intelligence, collaborate on policy analysis, and jointly serve on new client projects.
Founded in 2010, Thorn Run Partners features one of Washington’s leading health care lobbying, communications, and policy practices, and proudly represents some of the nation’s leading companies, trade associations, and nonprofits. Rockingstone provides industry and health system clients with deep-dive, project-based policy counsel and expertise in the design and implementation of forward-thinking, value-based solutions. Rockingstone is composed of former Senate staffers who were instrumental in the development of the Affordable Care Act.
In an Inside Health Policy article published December 15, Thorn Run Partners Senior Vice President Shea McCarthy discusses the possibility of entitlement reform next year. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has said that Republicans plan to pass entitlement reform through the reconcilation process next year. McCarthy astutely points out that GOP leadership has been reading from the same playbook with respect to their biggest policy priorities this year, and it stands to reason they will plan to do so going forward. However, McCarthy noted that major cuts to Medicare and Medicaid would be a tough undertaking for the GOP-led Congress. "Major cuts to Medicare or Medicaid will be even more difficult to move through Congress than ACA repeal — and without all the sweeteners that come along with tax reform," said McCarthy. "And with a shrinking margin in the Senate, Republicans should be realistic about whether they’re writing their election year messaging platform, or a bill that can actually become law.”