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Drew offers clients legal solutions alongside healthcare regulatory experience.

During the first seven years of rolling out the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Drew worked inside the country’s largest pharmacy benefit management organization on regulatory issues, compliance and client solutions. At this Fortune 100 company, he gained broad knowledge of legal areas such as:

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
  • Utilization reviews and appeals
  • State insurance governance
  • Medicaid contracts and Medicare reimbursement

With first-hand knowledge of how quickly healthcare law changes and the challenges companies face in responding, Drew now brings this insight to legal clients from the other side of the table. He especially enjoys that in healthcare matters, all parties are working toward the greater good of patient care.

Dedicated to
pro bono service.
Dedicated to
pro bono service.



  • J.D., Saint Louis University
    • Health law concentration
    • 2018 Academic Excellence Award, Health Law Association Member, Student Bar Association Representative
  • B.A., Webster University
    • Dean's List


  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Analyzed Affordable Care Act–, Medicaid- and Medicare-related laws and regulations in coordination with legal department of country's largest pharmacy benefit management organization.
  • Served as Fortune 100 company representative for America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA), Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Registration for Technical Assistance Portal (CMS RegTap).
  • Managed healthcare reform strategy, product portfolio, regulatory concerns, ACA women's preventive health implementation, drug pricing and formulary updates for U.S. largest pharmacy benefit management organization's top multi-state health plan client.
  • Maintained ACA product compliance across 18 health plans and 70 million commercial lives, and successfully implemented requirements related to Section 1557 nondiscrimination, 2016 Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care Final Rule, Medicaid Managed Care Manuals, annual Letter to Issuers, and Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters.
  • Configured prescription benefit network and formulary plans to meet contractual and regulatory requirements, including responding to Attorneys General inquires.
News Releases | May 22, 2019
Drew Canning Joins Husch Blackwell's Kansas City Office

Canning comes to Husch Blackwell from the largest pharmacy benefit management organization in the country, where he worked on regulatory issues, compliance, and client solutions.

Outside the Office

Drew enjoys spending time with his wife and his sons. He’s also always up for a game of wiffle ball. A collector of postcards and records, his best find is always the most recent one.

Community Leadership

Drew continually contributes to his community.

Beginning in 2010, Drew began serving on an ambitious overlapping list of boards, institutes and foundations working toward city development, immigration, the arts and healthcare. Organizations on which he recently participated include:

  • Saint Louis University Hospital, Minister
  • CityArchRiver Foundation, Citizen Advisory Committee
  • United Way GenNext, Service Chair
  • City of Saint Louis Treasurer’s Office, Advisor
  • Mayor’s Vanguard Cabinet Committee
  • AmeriCorps
  • International Institute, Junior Board
  • St. Louis Public Radio
  • Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer

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