ARLINGTON, Va. (July 9, 2013) – The US Family Health Plan (USFHP) Alliance today announced that Henry J. “Jim” Schweiter has joined the Alliance as chief executive officer. He is based at the Alliance’s Arlington, Va., office.
Schweiter will provide strategic direction, government contract compliance advice, procurement advocacy, and public policy and government relations guidance for the health care systems that comprise the US Family Health Plan networks. He will support the Alliance in its interactions with Congress and the Executive Branch, as well as private-sector organizations.
Schweiter most recently worked as a partner and team leader in the government contracts and government relations departments of McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP, an international law firm. He previously served for 15 years in several senior positions on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee, including counsel, general counsel and minority staff director. Schweiter also served as deputy assistant secretary of defense and was general counsel for the congressional Commission on the National Guard and Reserves. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, and has done graduate work in federal procurement law.
“We’re delighted to have Jim join the Alliance as CEO,” said David Howes, president of Martin’s Point Health Care, a US Family Health Plan member and chair of the Alliance’s board of directors. “Jim brings extensive government, legal and public policy experience that will be invaluable to the Alliance in its mission to support the US Family Health Plan in delivering high-quality, accessible health care to uniformed services family members and retirees, while continuing to maintain alignment with the Military Health System’s Quadruple Aim strategy.”
“I’m thrilled to join the US Family Health Plan Alliance,” said Schweiter. “As a former active-duty officer and current dependent, I am acutely sensitive to the needs of military beneficiaries, and I am personally committed to working to ensure that the service members and families who sacrifice so much for our country continue to receive the best health care that the Defense Health System can provide.”
He added, “The US Family Health Plan and the Alliance are renowned for facilitating excellent health care to beneficiaries. As everyone familiar with this plan knows, patient satisfaction among its members has long been among the highest in the Department of Defense health care system. Despite current budget pressures, we must ensure that beneficiaries receive the first-class health care that they deserve.”
About the US Family Health Plan
The US Family Health Plan (www.usfhp.com) is among the health care choices for eligible beneficiaries of the Department of Defense’s TRICARE Prime program. Health care is provided to active-duty family members, including activated National Guard and Reserve family members, and retirees and their family members. Care is provided through large, local civilian health care networks of primary care physicians, hospitals and affiliated specialists. Patients choose a primary physician who provides and coordinates care and referrals to specialists and hospitals. The US Family Health Plan Alliance is the association that represents the collective interests of the regional USFHP networks in interactions with Congress, the Department of Defense, and the private sector.