Judy Waxman

Judy Waxman is currently the Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women's Law Center. Her career has been devoted to pioneering advocacy, policy and legal strategies to promote the quality and availability of health care for low income people. In her current position, she has led the Center’s effort to pass and now implement the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) with an emphasis on the provisions most advantageous for women, and has been a leader in the efforts to maintain and improve reproductive choices for American women. The rallying cry “Being a woman is not a pre-existing condition” comes from Ms. Waxman’s campaign to eliminate discrimination against women in health insurance and to encourage passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Prior to joining the National Women's Law Center, she served as Deputy Executive Director and Director of Government Affairs at Families USA for over a decade. In that capacity, she was a leader of national coalitions on health access issues, a national spokesperson and lobbyist for the health care needs of low-income people, Medicaid expansions and the Health Security Act of 1994, President Clinton’s bill to expand health insurance coverage to all.

She previously served as a Professional Staff Member with The United States Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care, (The Pepper Commission) which was made up of Members of the US Senate and the US House, and professional health care leaders and chaired by Senator Jay Rockefeller. While there, she helped develop the blueprint for a plan to provide health insurance for all Americans. She was previously managing attorney at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), where she represented the interests of low income people in Congress and before the federal agencies on access to Medicaid, Medicare and other health care programs, and an attorney at the Department of Health and Human Services. While at NHeLP, she led the effort to pass the law that requires hospitals to evaluate and treat all emergency patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

Ms. Waxman has been an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and has served on numerous boards and advisory committees, among them as President of the Board of Directors of the Women's Medical Center, a nonprofit health clinic, and currently is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Party, an organization founded by Alice Paul in 1913 to advocate for women’s suffrage which today operates a prominent women’s history museum and continues to promote women’s empowerment.

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