William E. Walters
Chief Executive Officer
Bill Walters became CEO of ALTHA in 2005. He led the effort in Washington to secure Congressional passage of LTAC hospital provisions in "Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA)." This new statute provides considerable regulatory stability for LTAC hospitals and Medicare post-acute care.
For his work on this issue, Bill was named by The Hill newspaper as one of Washington's "top lobbyists" and was profiled in May 2008.
Before joining ALTHA, Bill spent several years as a director of U.S. public policy for Pfizer in New York City.
Bill has over fifteen years of experience in Washington and New York. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1988 and Indiana University School of Law in 1991, Bill became a lawyer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps. As a JAG officer, Bill defended military physicians and hospitals in a variety of legal cases.
In 1996, Bill became counsel to the House Commerce Committee, chaired at the time by U.S. Rep. Tom Bliley. While at the Commerce Committee, Bill was one of the senior Congressional staffers who worked on the "Balanced Budget Act of 1997 " (Public Law 105-33).
After the BBA, Bill joined the staff of the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health, chaired by U.S. Rep. Bill Thomas. While working for Ways & Means, Bill helped draft provisions in the "Balanced Budget Refinement Act" (BBRA) of 1999 (Public Law 106-113).
After leaving Capitol Hill in 2000, Bill became chief of staff to former U.S. Ambassador Alan F. Holmer, the CEO of PhRMA, the pharmaceutical manufacturers trade association. Bill was appointed to the Bush-Cheney transition team in 2001.
Bill is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He is also licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland and the State of Illinois.