Lauren Birchfield Kennedy is the Director of Health Policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families. Kennedy advises the National Partnership’s health policy agenda and oversees advocacy strategy for key policy priorities, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act, insurance market reform, and the advancement of new models of health care delivery and finance.
Kennedy has worked extensively on health policy at both the federal and state levels. Prior to joining the National Partnership, she was the senior health policy and government affairs adviser for Boston Medical Center, where she advised on state and federal health policy issues concerning Medicaid and alternative payment methodologies; coordinated the hospital’s care delivery transformation efforts; and provided technical support to the hospital as it explored joining an accountable care organization.
Kennedy also worked as a policy representative for NARAL Pro-Choice America, where she engaged with federal and state legislative and regulatory policy concerning women’s health and developed expertise in health programs serving lower income women, including Medicaid and the Title X family planning program. Before that, Kennedy was a member of the policy and research department at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, where she learned the ropes of insurance market reform and discovered her love for progressive health policy.
Kennedy graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a law degree with honors from Harvard Law School, where she served as editor in chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal.