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Nina Owcharenko Schaefer

Nina Owcharenko Schaefer work at the Heritage Foundation as a senior research fellow in health policy in the organization's Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity. Previously, Schaefer served in the Trump Administration as Senior Counselor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that high-level capacity, Schaefer advanced Presidential and Secretary policy priorities at the agency, including managing the development of the HHS response to the opioid abuse crisis. Schaefer is a studied expert on health care reform on both the federal and state levels. She has researched and advised on health reform, Medicare, Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and prescription drugs.