Ms. Johnson served 24 years in the U.S. Congress prior to joining Baker Donelson as a Senior Public Policy Advisor. She served 18 years on the House Ways and Means Committee and played an integral role in the passage of every major tax, trade and healthcare initiative during years of rapid technological and political change and the globalization of the economy.
Ms. Johnson is an authority on health policy and, as such, a key member of any team seeking to negotiate policies governing Medicare or to develop a universally accessible healthcare system. As a member and then Chairwoman of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, she introduced the national Children’s Health Insurance Program and was a principal author of the Medicare Modernization Act.
She introduced the health information technology legislation that led to the establishment of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and continues to fight for broad adoption of HCIT to reduce medical errors and improve care quality.
She is the recipient of numerous national awards from physician, hospital, home care, community health centers, nursing home and minority health organizations, chambers of commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, and manufacturer and trade organizations.