Chris Jennings

Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy
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  • Over 30 years of political experience, including eight years with the Clinton White House and ten years as a Senate aide on Capitol Hill
  • Vital to the development and implementation of bipartisan healthcare reform, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Senior health policy advisor to six Democratic presidential campaigns

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Chris Jennings is an over three decades-long health policy veteran of the White House, the Congress and the private sector. He is the President and Founder of Jennings Policy Strategies, a nationally respected health care consulting firm committed to assisting foundations, purchasers, health systems and aligned stakeholders develop policies to ensure quality, affordable health care. He is also a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

In 2020, he served on the Biden-Sanders Task Force, as co-chair of the Biden Health Committee and an advisor to the Biden Transition. Mr. Jennings served President Obama as the Senior Advisor for Health Policy and Coordinator of Health Reform through January 2014. He served in a similar capacity in the Clinton White House for nearly eight years.

Since 1992, Mr. Jennings has advised many Democratic Presidential campaigns on health policy and was appointed to the 2008, 2016 and 2020 Democratic Platform Drafting Committees. In the decade prior, he served in the U.S. Senate for three Senators (Pryor, Glenn and Melcher) on the Senate Finance and Special Committee on Aging. He has counseled countless Democratic gubernatorial and Congressional candidates and has been a trusted advisor of the Congressional Leadership and their staffs for decades.

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The Intersection of Healthcare Politics and Policy. Chris Jennings is a health and policy expert. With the rare experience of having served in the White House for eight years, he contextualizes the issue of healthcare for organizations, explains where they stand in the debate compared to other players, and outlines the implications for various stakeholders. Self-described as a “radical incrementalist,” he navigates the difficult world of Washington and is an advocate of taking what you can get and making it work. He believes that the ultimate oxymoron is that people want to comprehensively reform the healthcare system – without disrupting it at all. He looks at the compromises necessary to “reform the reform” and achieve an audiences’ aims and shares the information they need to know in order to stay ahead of the curve. From businesses and consumers to providers and purchasers, he knows the ins and outs of the most interesting domestic policy issue of our time. Serving as the bridge between the policy world and the political one, he understands the history and context of healthcare and shares eye-opening insights on the coming issues, complications, implications, and politics of the latest reform.

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