Allyson Y. Schwartz is a Senior Advisor within the Strategic Communications segment focused on advising clients on political and policy matters. She is a longtime public servant and nationally recognized leader on healthcare policy. Most recently, she was the founding President and CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance (“BMA”). A former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, serving from 2005-2015, Congresswoman Schwartz ascended to the powerful Ways and Means Committee in just her second term and served as a senior member of the Budget Committee. In both capacities, she was a strong advocate for healthcare access, quality and affordability, including Medicare. Congresswoman Schwartz led the successful charge for physician payment reform in Medicare to encourage value over volume, primary care and integrated care delivery, and worked to advance scientific research, innovation and use of technology to improve healthcare quality, efficiency, accessibility and affordability.
Under Congresswoman Schwartz’s leadership as the first President and CEO, Better Medicare Alliance has become the leading research and advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage. In its first six years, Congresswoman Schwartz took an idea and built a national alliance of more than 160 ally organizations from across the health care spectrum and 500,000 grassroots beneficiary advocates in the mission to support and strengthen Medicare Advantage. BMA’s advocacy led to meaningful legislation and regulation that offers health plans and providers stability and flexibility that has enabled significant growth in enrollment and care delivery reforms that improve health outcomes, addresses social determinants of health and lowers consumer costs for 29 million beneficiaries, 49% of Medicare enrollment.
Prior to Schwartz’s work at Better Medicare Alliance and service in Congress, Congresswoman Schwartz served as a health care executive and serviced as the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services. She was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1990 and served 14 years until her election to Congress. As a state legislator, Congresswoman Schwartz was the driving force behind Pennsylvania’s CHIP program, which was a model for the federal CHIP program five years later.
As of July 2021, Congresswoman Schwartz is Senior Advisor at FTI Consulting. Congresswoman Schwartz works with the FTI ‘s Strategic Communications Healthcare and Life Sciences practice where she advises clients on political and policy matters in an increasingly complex regulatory and legislative environment.
Congresswoman Schwartz has a Masters in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from her alma mater, Simmons University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Arcadia University.