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Chris Jennings

Chris Jennings is a healthcare policy veteran of the White House, Congress, and the private sector. He has more than 30 years of experience that includes eight years with the Clinton White House, 10 years as a Senate aide on Capitol Hill, a far-reaching network in the world of healthcare, and a command of policy intricacies. He served two tours of duty in the White House – most recently as deputy assistant to the president for health policy and coordinator of health reform for President Obama, and previously as President Bill Clinton’s chief healthcare advisor. With a deep understanding of health policy and Capitol Hill, combined with his renowned communication skills and ability to work across party lines, he has been involved in many of Washington’s political and policy debates involving healthcare in the past three decades.

From his positions in the executive branch, Jennings has helped implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as played leadership roles in the development, passage, and implementation of bipartisan health reforms, such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) of 1997, and major Medicare reforms in the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997. In his decade of service to the U.S. Senate, he served as the deputy director of the special committee on aging for three Senators (Glenn, Pryor, and Melcher) and led major reform efforts in the areas of long-term care, prescription drug coverage/cost containment, and rural healthcare. 

Outside of government service, Jennings has been a senior health policy advisor to six Democratic presidential campaigns, including to one of his former bosses, Hillary Clinton. He also served as the healthcare policy advisor to the 2008 Democratic Platform Drafting Committee, as well as served as co-chair of the 2012 Obama campaign’s Health Care Advisory Committee.

Jennings is currently re-establishing Jennings Policy Strategies (JPS), a nationally respected healthcare consulting firm committed to assisting foundations, purchasers and other aligned stakeholders develop policies to ensure higher quality, more affordable health care for all Americans. In this capacity, he serves as a senior advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center and other foundations committed to the pragmatic implementation of the ACA. In addition to his consulting work, Jennings is a frequent contributor on health reform issues to the New England Journal of Medicine.