This year’s Wings of Hope Memorial Butterfly Release, being held at 1pm on Sunday August 2nd at the Porreco College’s keynote speaker is former US Congressman Philip English. He is a senior government relations advisor at Arent Fox and serves as co-chair with former Senator Byron Dorgan of the firm’s government relations practice. Congressman English served on the Health Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee where he was a strong and consistent supporter of Medicare reimbursements for home health services nationally and worked closely with the VNA as a champion of their issues. He is joined by his wife Chris English. Robert Weschler, Chris’s father was a patient of the Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County back in the early 1990s. About that experience Mr. English says “From people who have family members who have benefited from their wonderful services, the Visiting Nurse Association has been a source of support, solace, and incredible services for many people that have faced a health crisis. The people joining us at the butterfly launch are part of a community of caring that remembers who have benefited from these services.”
Former US Congressman Philip English is a senior government relations advisor at Arent Fox and serves as co-chair, along with former Sen. Byron Dorgan, of the firm’s government relations practice. While in Congress, he developed an interest and rich experience in trade, health care, and tax and energy policy. Phil currently assists clients in these areas, plus state and municipal government operations. He is also a member of the firm’s Colombia Working Group.
Phil currently serves as Coordinator of the Healthcare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative (HGPII), which enforces industry standards, promotes best business practices, and monitors adherence to its ethics code by healthcare group purchasing organizations (GPOs). HGPII is an independent ethics oversight organization with responsibility for a major part of the healthcare supply chain.