Executive Vice President
Senior Director, Government Affairs
Jennifer Pielsticker Steger
Senior Director, 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.
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.
Christine joined Horizon
Government Affairs in 2017 as Vice President. She is a public policy, advocacy and communications professional with 20 years of public and private sector experience.
Most recently, Pollack served as Vice President of Government Relations for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), a role she held for more than six years. During her tenure, Pollack led the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (E-Flex) Coalition, spearheaded the industry's advocacy efforts on tax reform, and tackled many other business-sector priorities.
In her previous post at RILA, Pollack also served as the organization's political action committee (PAC) director, as an industry spokesman with national media outlets, and worked directly with C-Suite executives and Fortune 500 CEOs. Prior to that, Christine spent over four years with the American Medical Association, working extensively on Medicare reimbursement issues including reforms to the physician fee schedule.
Christine began her career on Capitol Hill where she worked for two senior members of the House Committee on Ways and Means. There, she handled a diverse portfolio over the years of health care, tax, Social Security, energy and environment issues and ultimately rose to the position of Legislative Director for the late Congressman Clay Shaw (R-FL).
Christine's federal government service also includes time at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services where she worked on budget and appropriations issues. Christine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from the University of Delaware and is originally from Wilmington, Delaware.