Callan Smith is a member of the Public Policy Healthcare Practice, where he provides strategic counsel to clients navigating federal legislative and regulatory issues, drawing from his background working on healthcare issues in Washington DC over the last 10 years, first on Capitol Hill and then for a governor’s federal affairs office.
Callan developed his understanding of Congress as a legislative staffer on the US Senate Committee on Finance, working for Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT). He prepared briefing materials and memoranda for the Chairman on a range of policy topics, including Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, prevention, health insurance coverage and other human services issues. Callan also drafted floor statements, talking points and speeches to industry stakeholders for Chairman Baucus, and met with providers, beneficiaries and constituents on the Chairman’s behalf.
Callan was then appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve in his Washington DC federal affairs office, where he worked for seven years. In that role, Callan provided policy expertise and major support services for the Governor and state agencies in their interactions with the federal government, including Congress and the administration, with a specific focus on federal laws, policies and actions that impacted New York State. He also acted as the Governor’s primary liaison with the New York State Congressional Delegation on healthcare, human services and tax issues, formulating and executing the state’s federal policy agenda. Callan worked on a wide range of issues, including securing federal funds for healthcare infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Sandy, navigating a successful US$8 billion Medicaid waiver through the federal approval process, negotiating a large Medicaid disallowance settlement and tracking various congressional and administrative changes to the ACA. Finally, Callan represented Governor Cuomo in the National Governors Association and other interstate coalitions, working to develop consensus across party lines on national issues affecting state governments.
Callan attended Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law while working for Governor Cuomo. In law school, Callan honed his public speaking abilities as an advocate on the school’s trial team and also as a board member for the moot court association. Callan has undergraduate degrees in history and political science from the University of Montana.