Jennifer N. Higgins

Jenn Higgins

Jenn Higgins, Partner at Chamber Hill Strategies, has a reputation in Washington for being an expert on health policy who gets things done. Jenn has spent the past ten years using that tenacity and policy knowledge to help corporate executives navigate a constantly changing legislative and regulatory landscape.

During her tenure in Washington, Jenn has represented a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies before Congress and the Administration, serving as Principal and Partner with two prominent lobbying firms, as well as advising senior agency officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Jenn has spent the past twelve years cultivating relationships with key Republican members within the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee, due to their primary jurisdiction on health care and tax issues. Her work with House Republican leadership has also facilitated direct access for clients to the key decision makers in the health care, tax, and aviation space.

Jenn also spent four years capitalizing on her health policy expertise to advise Wall Street investors and hospital chief executives. As Senior Associate with the Marwood Group, a healthcare and financial services firm based in New York, her primary responsibility was to advise clients on the legislative and regulatory risk to all facility-based health care sectors. Her previous experience includes debriefing hospital chief executives on the intricacies of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 as an analyst with the Advisory Board Company.

Jenn is engaged in a variety of political activities here in Washington, particularly ongoing efforts by the Republican campaign committees to recruit and elect more Republican women to Congress. She serves as a Board member and Chair of Congressional Outreach for Right NOW Women PAC, a political action committee dedicated to supporting female Republican candidates nationwide. In 2015, she was elected to the Board of Directors for Running Start, a national non-profit organization which provides young women with the skills necessary to run for political office. When she is not lobbying or campaigning, Jenn serves as a guest lecturer at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute and a regular contributor on PBS’s To the Contrary, a weekly discussion of news and national affairs with a panel of nationally known women.

Jenn attended Davidson College where she received a B.A. in Medical Economics and Ethics. She also holds a Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute.

In the News

Bloomberg BNA: Spending on Health Lobbying Spikes Under Trump | April 24, 2017

By Alex Ruoff

Overhauling the ACA has dominated the health agenda on Capitol Hill since Donald Trump became president, Jennifer Higgins, a partner and health lobbyist at Chamber Hill Strategies, told Bloomberg BNA. Lawmakers have been so focused on repealing and replacing the health law that they have had little appetite for other health reforms.

“The AHCA in my opinion is this cloud that hangs over health-care policy as long as the president and Republicans want to keep it alive,” Higgins said, referring to the ACA overhaul bill House Republicans are debating.

Republicans in the House have spent much of this year trying to replace the ACA. Lawmakers tried and failed to bring their ACA bill, the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), to the House floor for a vote in March and have been debating new amendments to the legislation ever since, hoping the conference can come to agreement.

Reviving the AHCA over and over again with debates over new amendments may keep Congress from moving on to other health issues, such as authorizing new money for CHIP, the public health insurance program for children, and tackling rising drug prices, Higgins said.

Lobbyists Resetting Trump Expectations | April 12, 2017

By Megan R. Wilson

“We’ve pivoted from a reform agenda to a reauthorization agenda,” said Jenn Higgins, a partner at Chamber Hill Strategies, who specializes in healthcare policy. “We thought this was going to be the year that big things would get done.”

The focus is now reauthorizing big, established healthcare programs, such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, Higgins said.

“If there are opportunities for policy developments, you’re going to have to play on the edges of those issues,” she said, adding that the Department of Health and Human Services, run by former Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), is already having listening sessions with lobbyists and stakeholders.

“If AHCA is not the policy goal, our focus and our energy will be on regulatory and administrative policy development,” Higgins said, referring to the GOP’s healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act.

POLITICO Influence | March 1, 2017

By Isaac Arnsdorf

RUBIO, COTTON TO HEADLINE FUNDRAISER FOR MANDEL: Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) will headline a fundraiser on Monday for Ohio Secretary of State Josh Mandel, who’s seeking a rematch against Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in one of next year’s most watched Senate races. A number of K Street types are among the hosts, including Kirk Blalock of Fierce Government Relations, Rob Chamberlin of Signal Group, Cesar Conda of Navigators Global, Jenn Higgins of Chamber Hill Strategies, Matt Keelen of the Keelen Group, Stephen Replogle of Cove Strategies and Geoff Verhoff of Akin Gump. Mandel could still face a primary against GOP Rep. Pat Tiberi, who’s built a substantial campaign war chest. Here’s the invitation.

Roll Call: Republican Gender Gap Could Grow in the House | November 28, 2016

By Simone Pathé

House Republicans will be down one woman next year. And with administration picks forthcoming and a handful of female members weighing runs for other offices, the party’s gender gap could grow.

With their largest majority in more than 80 years, Republicans were mostly on defense in 2016.

It was a “hold year,” said Jennifer Higgins, the chairwoman of congressional outreach for RightNow Women PAC, which supports female Republican candidates…

What Clinton’s Nomination Means for Women’s Groups | June 8, 2016

By Meridith McGraw

“I don’t think the differences have a lot to do with party,” said Jenn Higgins, a founder of RightNOW Women PAC. “Infrastructure gets at all the reasons Republican women don’t run for office. How do I raise money? Engage with the press? So RightNOW is playing a critical role in providing that infrastructure and building that network of women across the country.”

POLITICO Influence | May 17, 2016

By Isaac Arnsdorf

SPOTTED: RightNOW Women PAC last night had its May Day Event with Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), Kathy Szeliga (Running for Maryland U.S. Senate), Jenn Higgins (Chamber Hill Strategies), Elizabeth Brooks (CVS Health), Jean Card (Jean Card Ink), Walter Torres (Beekeeper Group), Jane Adams (Johnson & Johnson), Sabrina Schaeffer (Independent Women’s Forum), Patty Stolnacker Koch (VMware), Catie Horst (Emergent BioSolutions), Anita McBride (American University), Joyce Gates (Warehouse Productions), Shelley Hymes (Angel Enterprises), Sue Zoldak (The Zoldak Agency) and April Canter. The Distilled Spirits Council provided a bourbon tasting booth.

Independent Women’s Forum: Modern Feminist: Jenn Higgins | March 24, 2016

By Charlotte Hays

As a freshman at Davidson College student, Jennifer Higgins quietly planted herself in the operating room of the Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, where a prominent orthopedic surgeon was operating on a series of patients throughout the day. Higgins was holding a stopwatch. She had a job to do: clock the doc.

“I was monitoring how quickly the surgeon could turn around  a surgery,” Higgins, now a Washington, D.C., healthcare lobbyist and political activist, recalls. “I clocked every procedure. Turning around a surgery quickly can be a good thing or a bad thing.”

Although her family had Midwestern roots, Higgins was born and grew up in the tiny town of Hillsborough, North Carolina, to which her single mother relocated to be near her family. Higgins worked in hospitals throughout her high school career. At sixteen, she presented a slide show on how to improve techniques to hospital administrators.  The man who flipped slides for her later helped her get a job. She was planning to be a doctor.

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POLITICO Influence | March 16, 2016

By Isaac Arnsdorf

WOMEN TO WATCH: Last night’s 10th anniversary reception at the National Museum of Women in the Arts honored former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and featured remarks from Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Martha Roby (R-Ala.). The host committee comprised Rosemary Becchi, Liz Berry & Michael Hill, Laura Cox Kaplan, Karen Goldmeier Green, Jessica Grounds & Wes McClelland, Hallie Smith, Jenn Higgins, Jessica Hogle, Nancy Jacobson, Linda Kramer Jenning, Katie & David Leavy, Emily Lenzner, Molly Levinson, Poppy MacDonald, Kristin Mannion, Anita McBride, Kelley McCormick, Chris McGowan, Christine Enemark & William Minor, Pat & Alex Shakow and Kelly Keenan Trumpbour.

POLITICO Influence | March 16, 2016

By Isaac Arnsdorf

WOMEN TO WATCH: Last night’s 10th anniversary reception at the National Museum of Women in the Arts honored former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and featured remarks from Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Martha Roby (R-Ala.). The host committee comprised Rosemary Becchi, Liz Berry & Michael Hill, Laura Cox Kaplan, Karen Goldmeier Green, Jessica Grounds & Wes McClelland, Hallie Smith, Jenn Higgins, Jessica Hogle, Nancy Jacobson, Linda Kramer Jenning, Katie & David Leavy, Emily Lenzner, Molly Levinson, Poppy MacDonald, Kristin Mannion, Anita McBride, Kelley McCormick, Chris McGowan, Christine Enemark & William Minor, Pat & Alex Shakow and Kelly Keenan Trumpbour.

POLITICO Influence | February 24, 2016

By Isaac Arnsdorf

RUBIA: Last night, Sen. Deb Fischer and Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Barbara Comstock, Mia Love and Kristi Noem hosted a “Women for Marco Rubio” fundraiser at the Oracle Townhouse on Capitol Hill. (Oracle founder Larry Ellison is one of Rubio’s biggest donors.) Also named on the invitation tipped to PI: NavigatorsGlobal partner Susan Nelson, NFIB President Juanita Duggan, Judy Black of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Sally Canfield of AbbVie, Peggy Ellis, Jenn Higgins of Chamber Hill Strategies, Jamie Hollenberg of Honeywell, Randi Hutchinson of Greenberg Traurig, BGR Group’s Jennifer Lukawski, and Rita Norton of AmerisourceBergen.