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SCAI Welcomes Ariel González as Vice President, Government Relations

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Ariel González has more than 18 years of experience in government relations, advocacy and public policy in health care for membership associations and Fortune 500 companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University, a Master of Arts in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University, and a law degree from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Ariel served as Chief of Government Relations for the American Psychiatric Association where he oversaw federal and state government affairs, grassroots efforts, and the political action committee. He previously directed federal health and family advocacy at AARP, where he served as a chief expert on issues impacting the 50-plus population to include: Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and physician reimbursement among other issues. Ariel also directed congressional and state affairs for the American College of Radiology. Most recently, Ariel served as a consultant for one of Washington’s top lobbying firms and also worked on his own with physician organizations and patient advocacy groups.

As the new Vice President of Government Relations, he will ensure the interests of SCAI members and the patients they serve are considered in federal and state healthcare policy decisions. Ariel will initiate, cultivate, and maintain successful relationships with congressional members and staff, as well as federal agencies such as the FDA, CMS, NIH, and AHRQ. He will identify and form strategic coalitions with patient groups, partner organizations, and physicians to stay informed and to advocate for life-saving procedures. He will also be overseeing SCAI’s efforts in the health economics and reimbursement space. more

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