Mr. Jonas maintains both an active tax legislative and health care practice. His tax practice concentrates on representing financial services companies and a wide variety of health care interests before the House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee and the Department of the Treasury. His health care representation includes active involvement in all phases of the Medicare reform debate, as well as regulatory issues before the Department of Health and Human Services.
Mr. Jonas served in a variety of positions during ten years of government service prior to becoming a partner at Patton Boggs. From 1976 to 1978, he worked on health and social policy issues in several positions within the Office of the General Counsel of Health and Human Services. He served as a litigation attorney, special assistant to the deputy general counsel, and special assistant in the Office of the United States Attorney in Columbia, South Carolina where he assisted in Medicare and Medicaid fraud prosecutions. From 1980 to 1981, he served as legislative director to Rep. Bob Shamansky and was legislative counsel to Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman from 1979-1980.
Mr. Jonas joined the staff of the House Ways and Means Committee as counsel to Subcommittee Chairman Pete Stark of California on the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee in 1981 and was responsible for issues related to insurance, employee benefits, pension, health care and various miscellaneous tax matters. Mr. Jonas played a principal role in the rewriting of statutes concerning the taxation of life insurance companies.
From 1984 to 1986, he was tax counsel to the Committee on Ways and Means, where his responsibilities included pensions, employee benefits, insurance, and corporate matters. Mr. Jonas worked extensively on the 1982, 1984, and 1986 tax laws during his tenure with the Ways and Means Committee.
Mr. Jonas has worked extensively on health care delivery issues and Medicare reform. He has policy expertise and experience representing numerous health care sectors, including renal dialysis, long-term care, physicians and pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Jonas has been active in numerous Democratic Congressional and Presidential campaigns.