Margot Sanger-Katz, Health Care Correspondent, National Journal, moderates a panel about the health care solutions Washington can learn from. The panelists include The Honorable John Barrasso (R-WY), Member, U.S. Senate, Chris Jennings, President, Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc., Jonathan Lever, Vice President, Health Strategy & Innovation, YMCA, and David B. Pryor, Executive Vice President, Ascension Health Alliance & President and Chief Executive Officer, Clinical Holdings.
Senator John Barrasso was sworn in to the United States Senate in 2007 having represented the people of Natrona County in the Wyoming State Senate. Barrasso was then elected to the United States Senate on November 4, 2008 and reelected in 2012 to his first full term. Barrasso is known by many as Wyoming’s Doctor. He has a long and recognized career in both medicine and public service.
Chris Jennings is a three-decades-long health policy veteran of Congress, the White House and the private sector. Currently, he serves as president of Jennings Policy Strategies (JPS). Since leaving the White House in 2001 as the senior health care advisor to President Clinton, he has been a senior advisor to four democratic presidential campaigns including Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008. As President Clinton’s chief health policy advisor for six years, he made major contributions toward the enactment and implementation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Work Incentive Improvement Act and a host of major Medicare reforms.
Jonathan Lever is vice president for health strategy and innovation for YMCA of the USA and a member of its senior leadership team. For more than 8 years, Mr. Lever has been a chief architect and leader of the Y’s response to the nation’s lifestyle health crisis. Prior to the Y, Mr. Lever was the founding chief executive officer of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Inc., an organization that provides management, legal, and advocacy assistance to nonprofits. Mr. Lever has a bachelor’s degree in religion from the College of William and Mary; a master’s degree in education from Harvard University; and a law degree from Northeastern University.
David B. Pryor
David B. Pryor, M.D., is executive vice president, Ascension Health Alliance and president and chief executive officer of Clinical Holdings. From 2001 to 2011 he was the chief medical officer of Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system. Prior to joining Ascension Health, Dr. Pryor was senior vice president and chief information officer for Allina Health System in Minneapolis, Minn. Prior to Allina, Dr. Pryor was president of the New England Medical Center Hospitals in Boston, Mass. Dr. Pryor graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and did his medicine training at Pennsylvania Hospital, and his cardiology fellowship at Duke University.
Margot Sanger-Katz is the health care correspondent for National Journal. Previously, she spent two years as an editor at the Yale Alumni Magazine, writing about issues as diverse as mouse genetics and dinosaur digs. Ms. Sanger-Katz was the health care reporter at the Concord Monitor, and an editor at Legal Affairs magazine. At the Monitor, she covered medicine and health care policy and the John McCain campaign during the 2008 presidential election. She has completed fellowships in health care policy and reporting, including the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship’s Medical Evidence Boot Camp, and is currently a Health System Performance Fellow with the Association of Health Care Journalists.