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WASHINGTON — Liz Fowler’s career just came full circle: last March, she took charge of the health policy innovation center she crafted as a congressional staffer more than 12 years ago.

Fowler is an institution in the Washington health policy scene, having worked in Congress, in the Obama White House, in the private sector, in a private foundation, and now in the Biden administration. Her work, she told STAT in an interview, was inspired by her family ties to health care policy. She was included in the inaugural STATUS List recognizing standout individuals in health, medicine, and science.


Her current charge at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is delivering on one of the most stubborn challenges in U.S. health care right now: fixing how the government pays for health care services. Most experiments so far have failed, and Fowler sees the challenge as one of the great unfinished goals of the Affordable Care Act.

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