The Native Oregonian Brings Extensive Healthcare Policy Credentials
Travis Meuwissen brings his extensive experience in healthcare policy and advocacy to CFM’s federal affairs team as CFM Associate. He started this week at the firm’s DC office.
He has worked extensively with CFM’s state affairs team in his prior roles as policy director for the Oregon House and Senate Health Care committee chairs and as director of advocacy for more than four years at the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS). “I’ve enjoyed working with the CFM team in the past,” Meuwissen says, “and I’m excited now to join the team.”
Meuwissen moved to Washington, DC to pursue a master’s degree in public policy at American University. He will work part-time for CFM while completing his degree work. “It’s fortunate for CFM that Travis relocated to DC,” explains CFM Federal Affairs Partner Joel Rubin. “With his extensive experience, he strengthens our capacity to serve healthcare clients on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies.”
Born and raised in Beaverton, Meuwissen attended Western Oregon University. After graduating with a degree in public policy, he worked on several political campaigns in Marion and Polk counties before landing a policy position at the Oregon legislature. “I feel fortunate the experience I gained working in the legislature was in the healthcare field, which is challenging and ever-changing,” he said. He served under the chairmanships of the late Rep. Mitch Greenlick and former Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson.
I’ve enjoyed working with the CFM team in the past and I’m excited now to join the team.
Meuwissen was political coordinator for the successful Yes on Measure 101 campaign that preserved funding for Oregon’s expanded Medicaid program and was supported by hospitals, insurers, unions, churches, schools, firefighters, housing advocates and climate activists. After passage of the ballot measure, he was hired by OAHHS to develop and implement advocacy strategies.
“Representing hospitals and health care systems gave me a perspective of the business model of healthcare,” Meuwissen explained. “I have a more complete picture of how healthcare in America works and the issues it faces, from innovative new technology to chronic workforce shortages that affect the care patients receive.”
For relaxation, Meuwissen likes to swim, hike, float rivers and play Pokémon GO. His favorite TV show is Survivor and his favorite singer is Dua Lipa. He likes to give advance warning to people who meet him that he has two different colored eyes.