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Stephen H. Cooper

Government Affairs Counselor
Fax +1.202.778.9100

Stephen Cooper has more than 35 years of experience in government and government relations, representing large corporations such as Time Warner, AIG, Boeing, Dupont, Cigna, financial institutions, trade associations, state government, and health care plans and health care providers.

Over the years Mr. Cooper has represented numerous health plans, purchasers of health care and health plan associations. He is intimately familiar with the myriad of issues confronting health care insurers and providers - from Medicare payment methodologies, the complexity of the individual health care insurance market to HIPAA related issues.

Mr. Cooper's clients look to him for advice on developing and coordinating effective government relations with public relations strategies, and grass-roots campaigns. He is often asked to speak at national forums on matters related to health care plans and Washington politics.

Mr. Cooper has extensive experience in politics, working on numerous Congressional campaign committees and a Presidential debate team. For a number of years, Mr. Cooper served on the boards of a rural teaching hospital and is Chairman of the Board of a small nonprofit social service agency in Washington, D.C.

Professional Background

Mr. Cooper's experience includes:

  • President of the New York Health Plan Association.
  • Vice President of the Hospital Association of New York State.
  • Executive Director of the New York State Council on Health Care Financing.
  • Retainer counsel representing numerous health care plans and state and national provider associations - including the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), Cigna, United Healthcare, Torchmark, Metropolitan Life Company, and Travelers.
  • Director of Congressional Relations at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association, representing 49 Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans in Washington.