Mathew Reiter is Principal at Capitol Associates, Inc., a bipartisan lobbying, and policy analysis firm located in Alexandria, VA. Matt represents the firm’s clients on legislative and regulatory health policy issues including provider reimbursement, value-based payment systems, administrative simplification, and efforts to reform the U.S. healthcare system. Since joining CAI in 2014, Matt has worked with corporate and non-profit organizations for healthcare providers, healthcare facilities, patient advocacy groups and health plans.
Matt believes that the best healthcare policies recognize that the patient’s perspective is the most important. Healthcare policy, which is largely made through reimbursement systems, must align with what patients value to be most effective. Matt works with clients to build effective government relations strategies based on this principle.
Matt is both a policy analyst and an advocate. He helps clients understand an issue so that they can make informed decisions about educating their members and advocating before Congress and federal agencies. Matt provides legislative and regulatory updates to clients at conferences and membership meetings. Matt helps clients build and implement an effective government relations operation. He also helps clients engage with media organizations to broaden the reach of their advocacy messages.
Matt’s interest in public policy was fostered by his internship for Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY).Prior to working at Capitol Associates, Matt spent three years at a lobbying firm supporting its healthcare, agriculture, appropriations and energy practices.
Matt recently completed a two-year term as Chair of the Society of Health Policy Young Professionals, D.C.’s premier networking organization for young professionals who work in health policy. He has held similar leadership roles such the Vice President of Education for the Old Town Toastmasters club.
Matt is a Graduate of American University, where he earned B.A. degrees in Law and Society as well as Philosophy. He is also active in the D.C. music scene as a guitar player. He currently resides with his wife and daughter in Washington, D.C.
Nathan leads CAI’s rural health portfolio which includes his role as the Executive Director for the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC). Nathan has worked on a wide range of RHC legislative and regulatory issues including CPT reporting, chronic care management, emergency preparedness, and RHC compliance. During Covid, Nathan fought to secure several hundred million for rural health clinics for testing and mitigation, and other COVID relief programs. After the funding was distributed, Nathan worked with HRSA to educate the RHC community on how to properly use the COVID allocations and built the official reporting website for the RHC program.
In 2019, Nathan helped get the Rural Health Clinic Modernization Act introduced in Congress which would modernize several outdated aspects of the RHC program. This legislation eventually led to the major RHC Medicare payment reforms included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
Nathan also represents the Association for Medical Imaging Management and has guided their regulatory and advocacy position on key issues such as the Appropriate Use Criteria policy since 2016.
Sarah was hired by Capitol Associates in June of 2021, primarily dedicated to the firm’s rural health portfolio, which includes her role as the Director of Government Affairs for the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC), where she leads both regulatory and legislative policy efforts on behalf of the organization. Broadly, Sarah advocates for reimbursement policies that incentivize and support rural primary care and other health services.
Sarah frequently speaks at rural health conferences across the country, providing direct technical assistance and education to clinics and their parent hospitals. Her presentations include Federal Policy Updates for RHCs, Telehealth Policy, and Good Faith Estimate Policy.
Sarah’s passion for rural health issues was sparked by her experiences growing up in rural Pennsylvania and was fostered through internships with the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Sarah is a graduate of Penn State University, where she earned a B.S. degree in Health Policy and Administration. She earned her Master of Public Health degree from the Penn State College of Medicine. Sarah resides in Alexandria, VA and enjoys traveling, cooking, and any activity that allows her to explore the great outdoors.
Branden started as a Government Relations Associate at Capitol Associates in January of 2022 after working as an aide at the Massachusetts House of Representatives for Representative Steven Howitt (R-MA).
During his tenure in the Massachusetts Legislature, Branden undertook a diverse array of legislative initiatives and fostered alliances among stakeholders from across the political spectrum to champion Representative Howitt's key priorities. His unwavering commitment was especially evident as he assisted constituents in navigating state government during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, he collaborated closely with federal and state authorities to secure essential COVID-19 relief funding for crucial projects within the district.
Before his service in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Branden gained valuable experience through several internships, including a pivotal role within Governor Baker's Administration. There, he played a key part in evaluating applications for constitutional and statutory appointments and enthusiastically contributed to Governor Baker's record-breaking re-election campaign in 2018.
Within CAI, Branden is a steadfast advocate and consultant for the organization's clients, offering guidance on federal and state legislative and regulatory matters. He spearheads CAI's ever-expanding portfolio of state policy initiatives, offering clients comprehensive issue tracking and in-depth analysis of state legislation and regulations. His work extends to advising clients on effective advocacy strategies and relationship-building with state policymakers. Branden is also at the helm of Capitol Associates’ weekly newsletter, "Capitol Insights," which comprises a thoughtfully curated selection of pertinent news clips and a featured article penned by Capitol Associates’ staff.
Branden graduated from Boston University in 2020 with a B.A. in International Relations with a Foreign Policy and National Security concentration. Hailing from Swansea, Massachusetts, he now calls Washington, DC, his home. In his free time, Branden is an avid hockey player, a passionate traveler, an outdoor enthusiast, and an adventurous cook, always eager to try new and creative recipes. He is also an unwavering and enthusiastic supporter of the Bruins, Red Sox, and Patriots.
Amanda supports the firm in managing all business activities, working directly with the partners of the firm to strategize long-term objectives related to business growth and efficiency. Her background consists of experience in administrative work with various community health and advocacy organizations focusing on human resources, employee development, and programs related to diversity and inclusion.
Amanda is a graduate of the University of Maryland Global Campus, where she earned a B.S. degree in Psychology. She is an advocate for psychological research and patient access to affordable mental and behavioral health services.