Laurie Vanhoose is the principal at Treaty Oak Strategies (TOS,) which provides effective strategic counsel on health care policy. Laurie helps her clients navigate the legislature, health and human services, managed care, provider relations, pharmacy and pharmacy benefit managers, and the Medicaid and CHIP programs. Prior to helping found TOS, Laurie was the Director of Policy & Government Programs at the Texas Association of Health Plans, where she worked directly with Texas’ Medicaid managed care health plans to ensure a strong and efficient Medicaid program. Laurie also worked on pharmacy and commercial issues with private payors and Pharmacy Benefit Managers. Prior to joining TAHP, Laurie served as the Director of Medicaid and CHIP Policy at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, where she directed policy and clinical staff in the design, development, and implementation of Medicaid medical and program policies. Before taking the Director position, Laurie was a Senior Policy Advisor for HHSC and worked on the development of Medicaid Substance Use Disorder services and led the transition of the Medicaid Women’s Health Program to the state-funded Texas Women’s Health Program. Prior to working for the State of Texas, Laurie worked for several advocacy organizations in Texas and Washington, D.C. ensuring access to health care for individuals with disabilities and older Texans.
Laurie has served on Texas’ State Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee, Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, Episcopal Health Foundation and Managed Care Social Determinants of Health Learning Collaborative, National Disability Council Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee, and the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions Project (MED) at Oregon Health Sciences University.