APA hired two additional lobbyists for its Department of Government
Relations (DGR) last month. They are Maria H. Castillo as DGR's deputy
director for federal affairs and Andrew M. Whitman, J.D., as deputy director
for regulatory affairs.
Castillo will work to advance APA's legislative priorities in the U.S.
House of Representatives. Whitman is charged with promoting APA's regulatory
priorities in the executive branch, particularly within the Department of
Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
"Maria Castillo and Andy Whitman bring a wealth of government and
health policy experience to their new roles," said Nicholas M. Meyers,
director of DGR.
Among current APA priorities are enacting the Mental Health Equitable
Treatment Act to end discriminatory coverage of treatment of mental illness,
preserving patient access to psychiatric treatment and medications in the
Medicaid program, ensuring adequate mental illness research funding,
protecting medical-record confidentiality, and safeguarding patients through
the regulation of the practice of medicine and nonphysician scope of
Castillo has seven years of experience on Capitol Hill, most recently as
senior legislative assistant for Rep. Jerry Kleczka (D-Wis.), where she
advised the congressman on health care issues. Whitman has practiced health
care law for 10 years and was recently senior counsel in the Department of
Health and Human Services, Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, where
he worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other
government agencies. ▪