Daneen Sekoni

Daneen Sekoni

Vice President, Policy & Advocacy

Daneen has more than a decade of experience in healthcare regulatory and policy topics, including provider reimbursement, payment and delivery system reform, and the Affordable Care Act. In addition, she has international healthcare experience related to developing HIV/AIDS provider networks.

Daneen joined Cancer Support Community after working as Associate Vice President of Advocacy at Healthsperien LLC, a nationally recognized healthcare policy consulting firm, where she established a new advocacy function within the firm. In this role, she served as the staff lead for the MultiCancer Early Detection (MCED) Consortium’s Health Equity Workgroup and led the Policy and Advocacy team for the Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness, where she provided strategic direction, policy analysis, and execution of the Coalition’s advocacy strategy on priority areas such as mental health, caregiving, and social connection. During her tenure, she also developed and nurtured robust relationships with members of Congress, regulatory agencies, coalitions, and other key stakeholders.

Previously, Daneen served as Director of Health Care Reform Policy at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where she championed the association’s national advocacy strategy related to essential health benefits, alternative payment models, health equity, and nondiscrimination in healthcare. Her efforts led to patients gaining access to habilitation and rehabilitation services and receiving in every health insurance plan’s Summary of Benefits & Coverage the details of what services are covered and how many are covered. In addition, Daneen worked to promote and protect the healthcare rights of all patients and caregivers by ensuring that individuals with limited English proficiency and individuals with disabilities had the availability of language assistance services and/or auxiliary aids and services to enable them to identify themselves, participate in and understand their healthcare.  

Prior to that position, Daneen worked as Regulatory Affairs Manager at the American Academy of Neurology, where she oversaw policy issues including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. Daneen started her career in health policy with the American Society for Radiation Oncology, where she analyzed payer coverage, coding, and reimbursement policies for radiation oncology services.

Daneen, a native Marylander, graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Health Science degree. She also has a master’s degree in Health Services Administration, with a concentration in health policy, from George Washington University. She enjoys spending time and creating memories with her husband and two children.