Kelly was named by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores(NACDS) to the newly created position of senior vice president of government affairs and public policy in January 2008. At NACDS, she has worked to increase the effectiveness and profile of their federal and state legislative and regulatory activities.
Prior to joining NACDS, Kelly served as senior executive advisor of external affairs to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)Michael O. Leavitt. In this high-profile role, she was a key steward of priority issues including health insurance access, value-driven healthcare and health information technology. She served as the main HHS liaison to the White House Office of Public Liaison and to the Partnership for Value-driven Health Care, an employer health care reform coalition.
Before joining the Office of the Secretary, Kelly served for two years as the Director of the Office of Policy for HHS’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Previously, Kelly was executive vice president for federal legislative policy and health care system reform at the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). She also has served in senior executive roles at other health care associations.
Prior to these positions, Kelly served at the Health Care Finance Administration, which was the predecessor to CMS, as acting associate administrator for policy and director of the Office of Legislation and Policy.