by Jasmine Phiri
February 5, 2019
Commissioner, Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Jessica Altman currently serves as Insurance Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to this, Ms. Altman served as Chief of Staff for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department alongside former Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller beginning in June 2015. In this position, Ms. Altman served as the top aide to former Commissioner Miller, oversaw policy initiatives for the agency, and coordinated policy with other state government agencies and external groups.
Ms. Altman represented the department in a number of statewide initiatives including coordinating aspects of Health Innovation in Pennsylvania, which leverages funds from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ State Innovation Model Initiative and sitting as a board member for ABC-MAP, the Commonwealth’s initiative to implement a prescription drug monitoring program. She is also an active member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), where she currently serves as Vice Chair of the Health Insurance and Managed Care (B) Committee, and the National Academy for State Health Policy, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Health Care Access & Finance Steering Committee.
Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Ms. Altman worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, where she developed policy and facilitated implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In addition, she analyzed policy for the health division of the White House Office of Management and Budget while completing her master’s degree.
Ms. Altman has a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management, with a concentration in Health Care Policy, from Cornell University.