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WASHINGTON — Amazon is bulking up its efforts to influence health care policy at the federal and state levels.

The tech giant recently hired Claire Winiarek, a top policy official from the trade association for pharmacy benefit managers, as its director of health policy. And Amazon has started a search for three additional health care policy advocates who will focus on federal health care policy, health devices and services, and state-level health policy, according to postings on LinkedIn this month.


The hiring spree comes as Amazon has its sights set on expanding its healthcare business. Last November the company launched a digital pharmacy that lets customers buy prescription drugs using cash or insurance coverage. In March, the company also announced plans to grow its virtual and in-person health care platform Amazon Care, and Congress is weighing action to extend some pandemic-era telehealth flexibilities as soon as the end of this year.

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