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Jeanette Thornton

Executive Vice President, Policy & Strategy, AHIP

Jeanette Thornton is Executive Vice President of Policy and Strategy at AHIP. In this role, she oversees AHIP policy development for all health insurance provider lines of business including Medicare, Medicaid, the commercial market and clinical innovations.

A strategic leader with more than 20 years of experience in health policy and government, Jeanette is one of the country’s preeminent experts in health insurance legislation, regulations, and operations.

Jeanette joined AHIP in 2006. During her tenure she has led public policy related to the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the individual market as well as initiatives and research on many challenging and high-profile issues, including stabilizing the individual market, legislation to end surprise medical bills for patients, and working with White House and Administration officials to address COVID-19 and mental health care needs.

Before joining AHIP, Jeanette held positions in the Federal government at the Office of Management and Budget and Social Security Administration. Jeanette earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Western Illinois University.