Ms. McGrath is a principal of PARMA, a healthcare industry advisory and consulting firm. She has extensive experience in all phases of health policy and health services delivery. She has served two Presidents in three appointed positions. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Ms. McGrath as the Director of the Center for Beneficiary Choices (CBC) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that capacity, she led CBC in the development and implementation of the prescription drug program for seniors--Medicare Part D. She served as the chief advisor on all policies relating to Medicare Parts A, B, C and D as they affected beneficiary eligibility, enrollment and entitlement, coordination of benefits, and rights and protections. Ms. McGrath's center had full responsibility on all beneficiary education for the 40 million Medicare beneficiaries, their families and care givers. In addition, she oversaw all policies and procedures on the qualification, compliance and contracts of managed care organizations and quality initiatives.
While at the Department of Health and Human Services, President Bush and Secretary Tommy Thompson appointed Ms. McGrath to be the Director of the Liaison Initiative on Breast Cancer Prevention and Education. During her tenure, Ms. McGrath initiated and developed a special project to combine all HHS breast cancer resources into a single site for the benefit of the patient. The project brought together the leaders of the key agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services. This included but was not limited to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The project is now live and can be accessed at www.hhs.gov/breastcancer .
Most recently, Ms. McGrath served as President and National Director of the National Patient Advocate Foundation, which provided services to patients in need of prescription drug co-pay relief, insurance mediation, job retention, and crises debt management. In this capacity, Ms. McGrath secured increased funding and brought the organization to national attention by securing a key position on the American Health Information Community (AHIC), the health and information technology commission appointed by Secretary Leavitt at the Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. McGrath also served on the National Cancer Institute's Translational Research Working Group (TRWG) that revised the agency's translational research program and made recommendations on funding priorities, and she represented the foundation before the FDA on all issues regarding drug safety and efficacy.
Ms. McGrath was a member of President Bush's transition team in 2000 and served in senior positions at the U.S. Small Business Administration prior to joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her government service also includes an appointment by President George H.W. Bush as the U.S. Small Business Administration's Assistant Administrator for Congressional Legislative Affairs.
Ms. McGrath has worked in Congress, serving as a legislative assistant for a ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee. In that capacity she helped develop key legislation on rural health clinics. In the 1980's Ms. McGrath was an executive for the Home Health Services and Staffing Association, whose members included pharmaceutical companies. Ms. McGrath received her Bachelor's Degree, Cum Laude, from the University of Tennessee and was a J. Clayton Arnold Scholar.
Ms. McGrath has three children, Andrew, a Major in the United States Army who served in the Iraq war; Katherine, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania; and Joseph, currently a junior at Harvard University.