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Jennifer Wagner

Senior Policy Analyst

Jennifer Wagner joined the Center in 2015 as a Senior Policy Analyst with the health team.  She focuses primarily on Medicaid eligibility and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including analyzing opportunities to align Medicaid with other low-income support programs for greater access and efficiency.

Before joining the Center, Wagner served for five years as an Associate Director with the Illinois Department of Human Services.  In that capacity, she oversaw SNAP and cash assistance policy as well as the local offices throughout the state that determined eligibility for cash, SNAP, and medical assistance.  She assisted Illinois with Medicaid expansion under the ACA and improved customer service through business process re-engineering in the local offices.   Prior to that, she was a staff attorney at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, where she focused on public benefits.

Wagner received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law.