Rebecca McGrath, Cardinal Health’s SVP of Government Relations and Public Policy, has been named one of the top 100 lobbyists in the country by the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics (NILE), a trade association for lobbying and government affairs professionals.
McGrath is known as a tireless advocate for Cardinal Health, its customers, and its employees to influence the future of healthcare – a future in which everyone has equitable access to quality care. She leads and coordinates the work of state and federal lobbying teams and serves as lead lobbyist on all issues, including medical devices and pharmaceuticals, distribution, manufacturing, at-home and specialty healthcare, and post-acute matters including prescription drug shortages, trade, preparedness, appropriations, drug pricing, nuclear medicine supply and taxation.
McGrath is a key advisor to Cardinal Health leaders on legislative issues that are anticipated to impact business, customers and patients. Jessica Mayer, Cardinal Health’s Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, said, “Rebecca has a unique ability to break down barriers and build strong and effective partnerships – even in the most challenging of situations. With her deep expertise in both healthcare and public policy, she is an invaluable resource as a liaison to lawmakers, allowing Cardinal Health to address obstacles and keep the healthcare supply chain working as smoothly as possible, despite pandemic-related disruptions.”
As a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in a company that champions DE&I, McGrath has advocated consistently for equitable access to quality healthcare for every American, educating lawmakers, their staff members, trade associations and constituents about the critical need to make various COVID-19-related public health emergency authorizations permanent. Specifically, McGrath has led her team in pushing for the passage of the Equitable Community Access to Pharmacist Services Act and the Hospital Inpatient Services Modernization Act, and in urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to extend its proposed transition plan for medical devices with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
McGrath is a strong and transparent leader, a mentor to her team and others, and an active volunteer. She serves as a board member of Buckeye Ranch, which provides comprehensive mental health treatment options for children, youth, and families; Healthcare Ready, an organization that helps build resilient communities and safeguard patients before, during and after public health emergencies; and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
Within Cardinal Health, McGrath serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, an organization created to help change internal conversations about DE&I, and is a board member of the Cardinal Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to catalyze positive change in healthcare and in the communities where Cardinal Health employees live and work, through partnerships and strategic philanthropy.
“I’m honored to be included among NILE’s Top Lobbyists,” McGrath said. “And I feel very fortunate to be able to do the work I love on behalf of Cardinal Health, a company deeply committed to its mission of improving lives every day.”