Health Policy Legal Counsel
New Hampshire Insurance Department
21 South Fruit Street, Suite 14
Concord, NH 03301-2430
Phone: 603/271-7973 x215
Jennifer Patterson, JD, is the health policy legal counsel for the New Hampshire Insurance Department. She is the lead attorney for the Insurance Department interacting with the New Hampshire legislature, governor's office, congressional delegation, and other state and federal executive branch agencies with respect to the insurance aspects of federal health reform and Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire.
Acting as a member of the Insurance Department's health policy team, Ms. Patterson has been involved in analyzing the complex and evolving impacts of changing regulatory requirements on the dynamics of health markets in New Hampshire. This work has included researching and advising agency staff and other stakeholders on health policy legal issues, and drafting and testifying on proposed state legislation filed in response to the federal Affordable Care Act. Ms. Patterson works closely with the state's Joint Legislative Health Reform Oversight Committee and Health Exchange Advisory Board, and is the key Insurance Department staff member coordinating with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services on health reform and Medicaid expansion issues.
Most recently, Ms. Patterson co-authored an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office and the New Hampshire Insurance Department in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual. The brief focused on the potential impact of the case on the Department's longstanding efforts to use its all-payer claims database and NH HealthCost website to enhance pricing transparency and contain health costs.
Prior to joining the Insurance Department, Ms. Patterson worked for many years for the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, where she served as chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau. She holds a JD degree from Harvard Law School and a BA degree from Oberlin College.