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Chris Jennings

Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc.
Founder and President
Chris Jennings has been a health policy expert for a more than two decades, having worked for the White House, Congress, and the private sector. He currently is President of Jennings Policy Strategies (JPS), Inc., a nationally respected health policy and advocacy consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

JPS, Inc., provides advice on policy analysis, strategic guidance, and coalition building to clients who share a commitment to affordable, accessible, and accountable health care. Clients include businesses (such as General Motors), public employers (such as CalPERS), labor organizations (such as the AFL-CIO and the SEIU—Service Employees International Union), consumer groups (such as AARP and the Partnership for Women & Families), and foundations (such as the Clinton Global Initiative).

White House Senior Health Care Advisor, 1993–2001
Before founding JPS, Inc., Mr. Jennings served in the White House as the Senior Health Care Advisor to President Clinton on the Domestic Policy and National Economic councils. During his tenure there, Mr. Jennings made significant contributions toward the enactment of major bipartisan health legislation, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Mental Health Parity Act, the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act, the Work Incentives Improvement Act, and the tripling of funding for international AIDS programs for prevention, care, treatment, and health infrastructure. Recognizing his work at the White House, the National Journal designated Mr. Jennings one of Washington’s 100 most influential individuals in the federal government.

As the President’s Senior Health Policy Advisor, Mr. Jennings was charged with developing and implementing the administration’s health care policy. In this capacity, he coordinated and oversaw the health policy work of numerous federal agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget and the departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor. He also had lead responsibility for communicating and advocating administration health policy to the Congress, state and local governments, health care interest groups, and the media.

In 1993 and 1994, Mr. Jennings was the Senior Advisor to Administrator of the then Health Care Financing Administration. In this capacity, he served concurrently as the Congressional Liaison for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, providing assistance for her testimony before five committees and for hundreds of meetings with members of Congress as she advocated for affordable, quality health insurance for all Americans.

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