Christopher Jennings joined the White House in 1994 as the Special Assistant to the President for Health Policy. As such he worked on health insurance reform, and was responsible for the establishment of the President’s Advisory Commission on Quality and Consumer Protection. In 1997, Mr. Jennings became Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy Development in the White House Domestic Policy Council. In this position, Mr. Jennings developed and coordinated the Administration’s health care policy, worked closely with the President’s National Economic Council and many federal agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget and the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury. Mr. Jennings worked on a wide variety of health issues, which ranged from Medicare to Medicaid, long-term care, patient protections, insurance reforms, coverage expansions, and quality assurance. Mr. Jennings also served as a liaison to the U.S. Congress and was recognized for his leadership in the development and passage of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the Work Incentives Improvement Act, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
This collection provides a detailed analysis of the Health Security Act, as well as a chronological subseries that focuses on legislative strategies to implement the Act. This collection also contains material examining the alternatives to the Act. This collection contains memoranda, correspondence, reports, press releases, briefing papers, statistical data, graphs, legislative drafts, publications, and news clippings related to the Health Security Act.
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This series covers a wide variety of health-related topics, including a proposed Prescription Drug Benefit, proposals for a Patients Bill of Rights, prevention and treatment of AIDS, medical research, reform of the Food and Drug Administration, and the financing of federal health programs within the framework of the Balanced Budget Act (BBA). The Subject Files contains a significant amount of material related to Medicare and Medicaid. This collection consists of memoranda, correspondence, graphs, statistical data, reports, press releases, briefing papers, handwritten notes, newspaper and magazine clippings, and publications.