Kathleen H. Hatfield is an attorney who provides advice on healthcare policy, legislative strategy, and the acquisition of federal and state funds for non-profit organizations. She has extensive experience on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies. She assists medical facilities to obtain the resources they need to care for growing populations entering the U.S. healthcare system. Ms. Hatfield’s work focuses on non-profit hospitals, Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Nurse-Managed Health Clinics (NMHCs), and institutions of higher learning that train primary care providers. She advises on matters that include:
- Modification of existing HHS rules and regulations;
- Legislative changes to existing healthcare law and policy;
- Preparation of client presentations and testimony before congressional committees, federal agency officials and state regulators;
- Guidance on immigration laws applicable to medical professionals entering the U.S.;
- The acquisition of federal funding through the annual appropriations process, as well as discretionary, competitive, and formula grants; and
- The administration and draw down of funds awarded by federal and state agencies, including compliance with federal and state financial rules and reporting requirements.
Previously, Ms. Hatfield worked as Legislative Counsel to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman and President Pro Tempore Robert C. Byrd for nearly seven years. She entered the private sector in 2008, where she focused on the acquisition of federal funds for a broad range of non-profit organizations. She joined Stewart and Stewart in the fall of 2010, and leads the federal funding effort at the firm. Ms. Hatfield has extensive experience in both the legislative and executive branches of government. She came to Washington, D.C. in 1982 to work for Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson. When he died in office, Ms. Hatfield was hired by Senator Edward M. Kennedy; she worked for him for several years. Upon earning her law degree, she entered private practice as an international trade and customs attorney. While obtaining her law degree before that, she worked full time as the Associate Director of International Trade for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Later, she transitioned from private practice to work in the Office of Policy within Import Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She was then invited to work in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Over her career, Ms. Hatfield has provided advice on a broad range of matters involving healthcare law and policy, administrative law, appropriations law, international trade and customs law, and congressional intent and procedure.