Christopher C. Jennings
Chris Jennings is an over 35-year 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 also is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center as well as a board member of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review and the Winston Health Fellowship. In the Spring of 2022, he was recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the most influential non-governmental experts playing large roles in public policy debates.
In 2020, Mr. Jennings served as co-chair of the Biden Health Committee and an advisor to the Biden Transition. He served President Obama as the Senior Advisor for Health Policy and Coordinator of Health Reform. He served in a similar capacity in the Clinton White House for nearly eight years. Through his public and private service, Mr. Jennings has been closely associated with the development, passage, and implementation of a broad array of major health care reforms including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, FDA Modernization Act of 1997, and the Affordable Care Act. He’s also been a major player in Democratic health care reforms including prescription drug cost containment, enhancements to the Affordable Care Act, and home and community-based care reforms.
Since 1992, Mr. Jennings has advised ten 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.