WellPoint has hired Stephen Northrup, 39, as its vice president of federal affairs in Washington. In his new role, Northrup will be responsible for leading WellPoints advocacy efforts before Congress and various federal government agencies, a WellPoint spokeswoman said.
Northrup, who begins his new position on June 25, previously worked as senior government relations director in the Washington office of Arent Fox, a law firm specializing in healthcare and other issues. Northrup has also served as health policy director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where he helped then-Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) author 18 healthcare laws in the committees jurisdiction during the previous Congress.
Northrup led staff negotiations on a wide variety of issues, including medical-device user fees, post-market surveillance of drugs and dietary supplements.
Prior to his years on Capitol Hill, Northrup was the executive director of the Long Term Care Pharmacy Alliance, where he led federal and state advocacy efforts on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for pharmacy services and other government initiatives that affected the profession and business of long-term-care pharmacy. WellPoint is the largest health-benefits company in terms of commercial membership in the United States with medical enrollment of 34 million members. -- by Jennifer Lubell