Ashley Ridlon is senior manager at BPC Action. In this role, Ridlon leads health and economic policy advocacy efforts and provides political and strategic advice to BPC leaders and staff. Ridlon joined BPC from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
At the CMS Innovation Center, she held a leadership role in the $1 billion HHS “Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs” initiative, working to spread best practices nationally to reduce hospital readmissions and improve care transitions. Prior to joining CMS, Ridlon spent five years as health policy advisor to former Senator Blanche L. Lincoln, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. In her capacity with the senator, Ridlon worked to develop and advance Medicare and small business health insurance provisions that became law as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Before working in the Senate, Ridlon served as a manager of policy and communications for the American Association for Homecare, and worked for a nonprofit hospice in Arkansas. As a Rotary Scholar she earned an M.S. in gerontology from King’s College London at the University of London, as well as a B.S. in medical sociology from the Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas and certificate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.