Best known in the corridors of Washington simply as Buck, Adam L. Buckalew is a seasoned congressional aide with senior experience on key committees in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Founder of alb solutions – an integrated strategic advisory firm – Buck is a well-respected expert who has advised decisionmakers across both federal and state governments, the private sector, and political campaigns over the past 15 years.
Most recently, Buck served under Chairman Lamar Alexander as the Deputy Health Policy Director for U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He was instrumental in negotiating the No Surprises Act, which ended surprise medical billing and represents the greatest patient protection in a decade.
Throughout the global pandemic, he drafted key provisions of the high-profile $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and worked with senior officials across the legislative and executive branches on the federal government’s COVID-19 response, including the implementation of provisions pertaining to testing, treatment, vaccine administration, and consumer protections within the five pandemic relief packages.
Prior to his leadership in the Senate, Buck was the Coalitions Director and Deputy Chief Health Counsel for U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden, where he worked with senior staff across all six subcommittees to engage industry stakeholders. His external advocacy amplified the committee’s discussions to improve pipeline safety, end robocalls, promote the safe utilization of autonomous vehicles, and protect consumers from dangerous products, among other policies.
In his senior committee roles, Buck has gained extensive knowledge of legislative and regulatory procedures, federal budgetary mechanics, and private and public health insurance regulations, particularly the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This experience has led Buck to become one of the most sought-after experts on commercial health insurance issues within the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) as well as policies within the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act (FDCA).
Among his many legislative achievements, Buck counts the most rewarding his work formulating, drafting, negotiating, the SUPPORT Act – a landmark law to combat the opioid epidemic.
Buck received his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi and his master’s degree in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Emily, and their infant daughter, Nora.