During the 2004 presidential election, Ms. Chugh served as the Director of Health Care Policy for the Kerry-Edwards campaign. She was the Policy Director on Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s 2002 campaign, and from 2001-2002, she worked on health care policy for Senator Edward Kennedy. During her time in the US Senate, she helped develop and pass the Health Care Safety Net Amendments, which increased funding for community health centers and the National Health Service Corps program, as well as created the Healthy Communities Access Program. In 1998, Ms. Chugh served as Deputy Communications Director on Tom Vilsack’s successful gubernatorial campaign in Iowa, where he was the first Democrat to be elected governor in more than 30 years. She then served as the Deputy Communications Director in the Governor’s office from 1999 to 2000, where she organized a coalition of 70 groups to help pass legislation that invested Iowa’s share of a large tobacco settlement in creating and expanding health care programs.