Senior Director, Government Affairs
Executive Vice President
Director, Government Affairs
Jennifer Pielsticker Steger
Director, Operations & Government Affairs
Founder & President
Joel is the Founder and President of Horizon
Government Affairs. He is the President of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage and its campaigns on transparency and medication adherence (Clear Choices and Prescriptions for a Healthy America) as well as a service organization called Arlington Bridge Builders. In addition, Joel is the Executive Director of the Health IT Now Coalition, an HGA effort to expand adoption and use of health IT to improve outcomes and lower costs. He is on the Board of Directors of the Newborn Foundation and Samaritan Inns.
Joel spent twelve years on Capitol Hill as professional staff, where he helped enact nine laws, including the 2002 Trade Act, which created health care tax credits, the 2003 law that established the Medicare prescription drug benefit and Health Savings Accounts, the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act, and the 2006 Tax Reform and Health Care Act, which reformed Medicare payment policies.
Joel spent six years as staff on the Committee on Ways and Means, first as Professional Staff and then as Staff Director of the Health Subcommittee. Prior to his work on the Committee on Ways and Means staff, Joel worked for Congressman Jim Greenwood (PA) for two years and Congressman Chris Shays (CT) for four years.
He is also the co-author of the book, Facts and Figures on Government Finance (1992), which brings together data on public finance at all levels of government, with comparisons of taxing and spending levels spanning a half century. He holds a BS in Economics from the American University and is a member of the National Economist’s Club.
Jennifer joined Horizon
Government Affairs in December 2008 as Vice President, focusing on legislative and regulatory developments within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device sectors.
Prior to joining Horizon
, Jennifer was Vice President of Healthcare Research at a mid-sized healthcare advisory and financial services firm. In this capacity, she managed over 100 clients, including hedge funds, mutual funds, investment advisers and healthcare corporations and was responsible for anticipating and translating legislative and regulatory catalysts within all sectors of the healthcare marketplace.
Jennifer also spent several years on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to former Congressman James Greenwood (R-PA). Prior to that, Jennifer served as professional staff on the Judiciary Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where she helped to develop Megan’s Law.
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and Master’s Degrees in both American Government and International Relations from Temple University.
She has held the Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 65 (Uniform Investment Advisor) and Series 87 (Registered Research Analyst) securities licenses.
Sloane has ten years of healthcare and life science experience. She is Executive Director of Prescriptions for a Healthy America and leads client work on policies related to medication adherence, precision medicine, and general health reform. Prior to joining Horizon
Government Affairs in 2013, Sloane worked on Capitol Hill as a Health Policy Fellow for Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA).
She graduated from Georgetown University with a Masters of Science in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy. There, she developed and coordinated a student-run advocacy campaign aimed at speeding up FDA approval for medical diagnostic tests. Prior to Georgetown, Sloane attended the University of Florida, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Zoology and completed a senior research thesis on American alligators. Sloane has been an Adjunct Professor in Biology at Daytona State College and has worked as an Emergency Room Technician.
Katie has six years of health policy experience on both the state and federal levels. Before joining Horizon
Government Affairs in January 2016, she worked on Capitol Hill for two prominent members of the GOP Doctors Caucus, serving as a Healthcare Legislative Assistant for Congressman Michael Burgess, Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, and as Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Diane Black, a leading Member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Budget Committee. She handled health issues and helped draft legislation related to health reform, insurance, health IT, health-related tax policy, and Medicare payment reforms. Katie's work directly resulted in a number of major legislative packages, including provisions in the "21st Century Cures" package and the "Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015."
Prior to that, she was a Program Analyst at the Office of Personnel Management in the Office of National Healthcare Operations, where she helped draft and review regulations, coordinated with various states on Affordable Care Act implementation, and oversaw aspects of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. She has also spent time serving at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and as a healthcare policy advisor for the state of Maryland.
Katie received her Master of Public Health with a concentration in health policy and administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Mississippi State University.
Jennifer joined Horizon
Government Affairs in June 2014. Prior to joining Horizon
, Jennifer spent seven years on Capitol Hill handling both operations and policy issues. First, serving as the Scheduler and then Legislative Assistant in the office of Representative Jean Schmidt (OH-02) for five years where her portfolio included Agriculture, Financial Services, and Judiciary issues. She then spent the last two years in the office of Representative Jim Gerlach (PA-06) managing operations as the Executive Assistant as well as the Financial Services legislative portfolio.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and American Studies from Miami University.
Catherine joined Horizon
Government Affairs in September 2014. Prior to joining Horizon
, Catherine spent three and a half years at the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), where she managed policy initiatives and formulated legislative and advocacy strategies in federal issue areas including Medicare, telehealth, and federal appropriations. At PAN, Catherine also helped coordinate a national network of volunteer grassroots advocates working towards better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s.
Catherine holds a BA in International Studies with a focus in US Foreign Policy from American University.
Jonathan joined Horizon
Government Affairs as Communications Director in 2017 after more than half a decade of service to Congressman Diane Black (R-TN), Chairman of the House Budget Committee and an active member of the GOP Doctors Caucus. His work with the Congressman included various stints as campaign manager, press secretary, and ultimately as communications director in a dual role with the House Budget Committee. During his time on Capitol Hill, Jonathan messaged key health policy issues including value based insurance design (VBID), advance directives legislation, and Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement efforts. His work on behalf of the Congressman has been published in Time, Fox News, The Hill, Washington Examiner, Health Insurance Underwriters Magazine, and others.
A native of middle Tennessee, Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tennessee Tech University.
Jeff joined Horizon
Government Affairs in 2017 as Chief Economist. He is an economist specializing in health care and public finance. He has been one of the nation's foremost cost estimators of Medicare and health reform programs, has written proposals for health coverage, Medicare reform, and balanced budgets, and created long-term projections of entitlement spending and federal budgets used by Congress and the policymaking community. Jeff has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and other committees in Congress on Medicare reform, tax-based proposals to expand access to health coverage, chronic care management, and other topics. Prior positions include research positions at the Medicare Office of the Actuary, the Congressional Budget Office, the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, the Progressive Policy Institute, America's Health Insurance Plans, CAQH, and Inforum/University of Maryland.
Jeff received an M.A. in economics from the University of Maryland.