Jessica Waltman is a health reform and business strategy consultant with more than twenty years of experience in health insurance markets, health policy and executive leadership. As the Principal at Forward Health Consulting, Jessica currently partners with employer and broker clients to help them with their compliance needs and to advise them about evolving health care regulatory and legislative issues, so that her clients are always headed in the direction the market is going.Prior to founding Forward Health Consulting, Jessica most recently served the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) for sixteen years, including eight years as their Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. She has travelled the country explaining health reform concepts to vast audiences of agents, brokers, consultants, employers and individual consumers. Jessica has not only read the whole health reform law many times over, but she’s also digested the more than 25,000 pages of regulations, guidance and forms that go along with it!
Jessica’s area of specialty is taking complex health policy requirements and breaking them down so that anyone can understand them. She has years of experience educating state and federal policymakers about health reform’s real-world impact, leading to dozens of small regulatory and legislative changes to the law that benefit individual and business consumers of health care. At the same time, Jessica has been educating thousands of employers and health insurance agents and brokers about where the health insurance marketplace is headed, so that they can look forward and design their benefit plans accordingly.
Before joining NAHU, Jessica worked on public health policy issues with a private contracting firm and did a brief stint on Capitol Hill. Jessica earned her degree in political science and non-fiction writing magna cum laude from Drew University in Madison, NJ. She is an active member of both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Associations of Health Underwriters and has served the insurance industry generally as a rotating board member of the National Insurance Producers Registry for the past twelve years. Jessica has taught continuing education classes for brokers in 35 states and she initially conceptualized and now instructs for NAHU’s PPACA certification program, which is the industry gold standard in health reform education for brokers.
Jessica lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania with her hilarious and always accommodating husband, Doug, and three of the cleverest and most attractive children you could ever imagine—Madeline, Billy and Luke Waltman.