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Alexander Hecht

ML Strategies - Executive Vice President & Director of Operations

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Alex is Executive Vice President & Director of Operations, ML Strategies, Washington, DC. He is an attorney with more than 10 years of senior-level experience in Congress and trade associations.

Alex assists clients with their legislative and regulatory needs on a wide range of issues, including health care, telecommunications, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), technology, energy, and federal procurement. Prior to joining ML Strategies, Alex served for over six years as chief counsel for Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) on the US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. He was the lead policy counsel for Senator Snowe on health insurance market reform, individual and employer-based insurance, ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, and health care tax incentives. He worked on numerous bills, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Small Business Health Fairness Act, and Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Act. He advocated for health care legislative and regulatory issues before Senate Finance, HELP, Commerce, and Homeland Security Committees, as well as the US Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor. Along with health care policy, he advised Senator Snowe on energy, financial services, innovation, and technology matters.

Alex is regarded as one of the leading congressional staff specialists on the regulatory process and how federal agencies promulgate rules and regulations. He has developed numerous bills and amendments reducing the regulatory compliance burden of business.

Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Alex was a legislative analyst, with a focus on health and environmental regulatory issues, at the National Multi Housing Council. He was also a research clerk at the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, studying Medicaid reimbursement and long-term health insurance planning. Alex was also the chief articles editor for the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center.

Education

  • George Washington University (LLM)
  • University of Houston Law Center (JD)
  • University of Texas - Austin (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards: a Top Author on the Affordable Care Act (2016)
  • Champion of Small Business Innovation: "For Exemplary work on behalf of America's SBIR Community" - Presented by Small Business Technology Council and National Small Business Association (2012)
  • The Council for Excellence in Government: Cutting the Red Tape Excellence Award

Recent Insights

News & Press

Events

Viewpoints

Viewpoint General

ML Strategies Health Care Preview: ACA Oral Arguments to Begin

July 8, 2019 | Blog | By Eli Greenspan, Alexander Hecht

This week, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is back in the news with oral arguments set to begin before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The court will decide whether to uphold a federal district court's ruling that struck down the ACA. This case has the potential to reshape the political landscape in 2020 if it reaches the Supreme Court. On Capitol Hill, policymakers are working hard to bring forth a drug pricing package before the August recess. They will also have to balance the Administration's efforts, which is expected to issue an executive order this month on lowering drug costs. We cover this and more in this week's preview. 
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Monthly TCPA Digest – June 2019

June 17, 2019 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Alexander Hecht, Jennifer Lynn Kelly, Esteban Morales, Matthew Novian, Elana R. Safner

This TCPA Digest covers an FCC rule allowing default call blocking services and a 4th Circuit ruling upholding a $61M judgment against Dish Network for a third-party agent's actions.
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TCPA Legislative Update: Senate Passes TRACED Act and Works on More Robocall Legislation

June 17, 2019 | Article | By Alexander Hecht, Jennifer Lynn Kelly

On May 23, the Senate passed the TRACED Act (S. 151) by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 98-1. This bill, led by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Ed Markey (D-MA), and supported by all 50 state attorneys general, would force phone companies to identify spam calls to consumers, extend the statute of limitations to prosecute those illegally robocalling consumers, and increase fines for robocalls to up to $10,000 per illegal call. In a statement following its passage, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai praised the legislation saying, “This is a vital partnership in the fight against unwanted robocalls and one we already are working hard at. It’s important that federal and state partners work together – and engage productively with private stakeholders – to address this important consumer protection priority.”

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ML Strategies Health Care Preview: Congress's Summer Plans Filling Up Fast

May 13, 2019 | Blog | By Eli Greenspan, Alexander Hecht

Congress is circling an issue that is not black and white in terms of the stakeholders it could impact and how interests will align. The leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee are poised to release a cost-containment package in the coming weeks which will touch on surprise billing issues, drug pricing, and other access and transparency issues. While there is intense bipartisan interest in addressing some of these issues, it is unclear how exactly this package will reach the President's desk given the current political climate.
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Monthly TCPA Digest – May 2019

May 13, 2019 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Alexander Hecht, Jennifer Lynn Kelly, Matthew Novian, Elana R. Safner

This TCPA Digest covers congressional bills to combat illegal robocalls, TCPA matters at the FCC, and a 4th Circuit ruling that voided the TCPA's federal debt-collection exemption.

TCPA Legislative Update: Congress Continues Work on Robocalls

May 13, 2019 | Article | By Alexander Hecht, Jennifer Lynn Kelly

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ML Strategies Health Care Preview: House Poised to Pass First Drug Pricing Bills

May 8, 2019 | Blog | By Eli Greenspan, Alexander Hecht

This week, the House is poised to take action on drug pricing by passing two pieces of legislation. As the House moves bills through final passage, focus will shift to the Senate which will in the coming weeks unveil a legislative package around lowering costs for consumers. The scope of this package is still unclear, but it should include a number of proposals that could pass on a bipartisan basis. We cover this and more in this week's preview, which you can find by clicking here. 
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MLS Weekly Preview: Medicare For All Gets a Hearing

April 29, 2019 | Blog | By Eli Greenspan, Alexander Hecht

Following the two week recess, Congress is back in session and will have several high profile hearings this week. For starters, the Energy & Commerce Health subcommittee will continue reviewing prescription drug costs, this time focusing in on Medicare. In the Rules Committee, which does not typically host high profile hearings, they will hold the first committee hearing on H.R. 1384, one of the "Medicare for All" proposals.


The House is poised to pass several noteworthy drug pricing bills this work period, as well as legislation to strengthen the Affordable Care Act. Once the House votes on these bills, the question will then become what is the Senate able to pass and what is their appetite for taking it on this summer. We cover this and more in this week's preview.
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TCPA Legislative Update: Robocalls Continue to be a Focus in Congress

April 17, 2019 | Article | By Alexander Hecht, Jennifer Lynn Kelly

Following last month’s letter from the attorney generals of all 50 states, Congress has continued to push forward on robocall legislation. On April 3, the Senate Commerce Committee held a markup, which featured the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act.
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Monthly TCPA Digest – April 2019

April 17, 2019 | Article | By Russell Fox, Alexander Hecht, Jennifer Lynn Kelly, Elana R. Safner

This TCPA Digest covers comments on FCC proposals to modify the Truth in Caller ID rules, how the TCPA could impact the 2020 Census, and congressional hearings and legislation about robocalls.

News & Press

JD Supra has recognized Mintz in its 2017 Reader’s Choice awards, highlighting the most widely read authors and articles over the past year. Eleven Mintz attorneys were named JD Supra Top Authors in four industries and Mintz was recognized as the Top Firm with readers in the Energy Industry.
ML Strategies has announced the promotion of Alex Hecht and Julie Cox. Mr. Hecht will now serve as Executive Vice President and Director of Operations. Ms. Cox will now serve as Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Manager of Operations.
Alexander Hecht, Vice President of Government Relations of ML Strategies, is participating in a panel discussion at the 2016 TCPA Washington Summit, presented by the Professional Association for Customer Engagement.
ML Strategies Executive VP & Director of Operations Alex Hecht and Manager of Government Relations Eli Greenspan authored this HFMA Advisor article discussing the impact that states transitioning their Medicaid populations into managed care has had on individuals with traumatic brain injuries.
Alex Hecht, ML Strategies Executive Vice President and Director of Operations; Eli Greenspan, ML Strategies Manager of Government of Relations; and Rodney Whitlock, ML Strategies Vice President, authored a Physician Solutions Magazine article discussing growing interest in telemedicine.

Events

Moderator
Jun
19
2019

Health Care & Cybersecurity: A Powerful Combination

ML Strategies, 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004

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Speaker
Oct
6
2017
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Moderator
May
17
2016

ATA Annual Telemedicine Meeting and Trade Show

American Telemedicine Association

Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN