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Chris Jennings

founder and president

Chris Jennings is an over three decades-long health policy veteran of the White House, the Congress and the private sector. In 2014, he departed from his second tour of duty in the White House where he served President Obama as Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy and Coordinator of Health Reform.  He served in a similar capacity in the Clinton White House for nearly eight years.

From his positions in the executive branch, Mr. Jennings has helped implement the Affordable Care Act’s access and delivery reform provisions (for President Obama) 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 (for President Clinton). 

In his decade of service in 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 health care.  In this capacity, he also served in a major role for the U.S. Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care (also known as the “Pepper Commission”).  

Outside of government service, Mr. Jennings has been a senior health policy advisor to seven Presidential campaigns, the 2008 and 2016 Democratic Platform Drafting Committees, and multiple gubernatorial and Senate candidates.  Recognizing his pragmatic nature and experience with key Democratic policymakers, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) sought Chris to serve as a senior advisor on a number of health reform projects, including reports and recommendations on access, delivery reforms, cost containment, and long-term care.

Jennings Policy Strategies (JPS) is a nationally respected health care consulting firm committed to assisting foundations, purchasers, health systems and other aligned stakeholders develop policies to ensure higher quality, more affordable and sustainable health care.  He has consistently worked to develop administrative, legislative, and private sector policies/interventions to ensure better stewardship of and a greater return on investment on the nation’s $4 trillion investment in health care.  In addition to his consulting work and his collaborations with think tanks Mr. Jennings is a frequent contributor on health reform issues to publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and the Atlantic.

dilipan sundaramoorthy

legislative assistant

Dilipan is the Legislative Assistant to Chris Jennings after working in multiple capacities in the fields of medical research and health policy.

After graduating with a B.A. from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2014, he completed a fellowship with the National Cancer Institute researching key developmental processes with impacts on multiple cancers. Following his fellowship, Dilipan researched and reported on pharmaceutical marketing and its effects on prescriber practices for the AccessRx program, a joint initiative between the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the District of Columbia Department of Health. He also completed an internship with the Better Medicare Alliance producing original research highlighting achievements in Medicare Advantage, assisted beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage, and assisted staff outreach to Congress.

In 2017 Dilipan worked as an intern in the Health Office of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for Ranking Member Patty Murray. While there, he performed background research on Cabinet nominees, gave legislative and policy research support to staff, and helped conduct committee hearings.

He is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health program at the George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health.