Ruth McDonald

Ruth McDonald advises clients on the impact of legislative and regulatory changes on business position, strategy, and tactics.

Ruth has experience in the legislative and executive branches developing and implementing public policy. Most recently, Ruth worked in the Office of Health Policy for the US Department of Health and Human Services for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. She also provided technical assistance to state Medicaid programs at the Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University. In Congress, Ruth served nearly 7 years as a healthcare staffer for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) and Congressman Jim Cooper (TN) during the enactment and early implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Ruth began her career working on communications campaigns for healthcare clients at public relations and production firm GMMB.

Ruth has an MPH in health management and policy and an MPP from the University of Michigan. She earned her BA in the history of science and medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.  

Authored Content

In a new analysis, Avalere examines the implications of CMS’ potential new requirement that Part D plans place generics only on generic tiers.

Avalere analysis finds that price of generic drugs has remained flat but the cost to seniors is increasing.