Jeff Cohen

by Jasmine Batchelor

March 11, 2019

Executive Vice President, Public Affairs,
Federation of American Hospitals®

Jeff Cohen manages all advocacy, public affairs and communications for the investor-owned hospital industry, reporting to FAH President and Chief Executive Officer Chip Kahn. He is the chief lobbyist for the investor-owned hospital industry, managing and directing all of the FAH’s lobbying and political activities.

In this capacity, Jeff has played a leading role in promoting expanded access and health care coverage, and has led numerous successful efforts to preserve funding for hospital care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Other notable achievements include working to enact legislation that prohibits self-referral to physician owned hospitals; requiring the VA to reimburse hospitals promptly; ensuring hospitals operating in Puerto Rico are appropriately reimbursed by Medicare; authorizing the Secretary of HHS to extend the waiver of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) in the case of a pandemic infectious disease that is declared a public health emergency; among many others.

Jeff also oversees all of the Federation’s public affairs and media efforts, managing the FAH press staff and directing the FAH Hospital Policy Blog and the Federation’s social media. In this role, Jeff is able to implement strategic messaging on Federal issues of priority to the investor-owned hospital industry.

Prior to joining the FAH in December 1999, Jeff served as Senior Legislative Assistant to former Rep. Karen L. Thurman (D-FL), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and its Subcommittee on Health. From 1995-1999, he advised Rep. Thurman on health policy matters addressed by the Subcommittee, specializing in Medicare access and Medicare payment issues.

Some of Jeff’s notable legislative achievements while on Capitol Hill include drafting legislation to expand access to Medicare+Choice health plans, providing incentives to increase organ donations, reducing fraud in the Medicare program, and providing Medicare prescription drug coverage for organ transplant recipients.
Jeff also worked extensively on veteran and military retiree health care issues, including co-authoring landmark legislation reallocating veterans’ program funding, and drafting legislation authorizing the National Mail Order Pharmacy program for Medicare beneficiaries.

Jeff has been recognized by The Hill newspaper as one of the “top lobbyists” in the hospital industry. He received a Masters of Arts degree in Latin American studies from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Trinity University. He has studied and worked extensively in Mexico, focusing on both marine mammal biology and U.S.-Mexican political relations.

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