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Brett Johnson

Brett Johnson

Brett Johnson serves as CLSA’s Senior Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Based in CLSA’s Sacramento office, he is responsible for the development and implementation of legislative and government relations strategies.

Brett comes to CLSA from the California Medical Association (CMA), where he was Associate Director for Medical and Regulatory Policy. At CMA, he focused on policy development and advocacy around the commercial health insurance market, managed care, and California’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In his more than four years at CMA, he established himself nationally as an expert on network adequacy and health benefit exchanges and achieved numerous positive changes in regulations for physicians at both the state and federal levels. He has written articles on access to care and healthcare reform for a number of provider and legal publications, including American Bar Association Health eSourceand California Health Law News.

Prior to his work at CMA, Brett worked for the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At HRSA, he drafted regulations and policy guidance related to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and served as liaison to the Office of Legislation. Prior to HRSA, he provided legal and policy support to the National Academy for State Health Policy and, as part of a law school clinic, represented vaccine injury claimants in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He is a member of the Maryland Bar Association and veteran of the U.S. Army. He holds a Juris Doctorate (JD) and a master’s degree in public health (MPH) from George Washington University and a master of science (MS) in bioscience regulatory affairs from Johns Hopkins University.