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Joyce A. Cowan

Washington, D.C.
1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-2541
United States
Phone: +1.202.739.5373
Fax: +1.202.739.3001

Joyce A. Cowan is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Healthcare Practice. A healthcare regulatory, transactional, and public policy attorney, Ms. Cowan has more than 25 years of experience counseling healthcare organizations-including insurers, managed care organizations, hospitals and other providers, investors, and other organizations in the healthcare sector. She assists clients in navigating the challenges and opportunities presented by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other health care laws. She also provides counsel in connection with a wide variety of healthcare financing, healthcare delivery, Medicare, Medicaid, fraud and abuse, and related issues. Ms. Cowan has also represented a range of clients-from multinational companies and private equity firms to smaller corporations and emerging businesses-in mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.

Ms. Cowan helps organizations and investors analyze the complex and evolving legislative and regulatory healthcare landscape in connection with their operations. She also counsels clients regarding the healthcare regulatory compliance issues and enforcement actions faced by particular healthcare sectors and organizations. Ms. Cowan helps clients develop strategic plans that anticipate changes in benefit and coverage rules, reimbursement policies, and other components of ACA implementation affecting federal and state healthcare programs as well as commercial coverage. Ms. Cowan also develops advocacy groups and coalitions to influence federal healthcare program policies; represents client interests before the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and other federal healthcare regulatory agencies; and assists clients in the development of legislative initiatives and represents client interests before the U.S. Congress.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Ms. Cowan was a partner at an international law firm, focusing on the healthcare industry.

Ms. Cowan is a frequent speaker on federal healthcare policy, the Affordable Care Act, and related topics. She is a member of the American Bar Association's Health Law Section and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Ms. Cowan received her J.D., with honors, from the George Washington University Law School in 1986 and her B.A., cum laude, in political science from the University of Washington in 1983.

Ms. Cowan is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland.


  • George Washington University Law School, 1986, J.D., With Honors
  • University of Washington, 1983, B.A., Cum Laude