Yvette Fontenot

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Yvette Fontenot is a special advisor on federal health care policy and strategy related to health care innovation, Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.


  • Yvette Fontenot is a Partner at Avenue Solutions, a Washington D.C. health care policy, legislative strategy and communications consulting firm. Yvette develops and implements targeted and comprehensive policy on behalf of health care clients including employers, insurers and providers.
  • Prior to joining Avenue Solutions, Yvette was the Deputy Director of the Office of Health Reform at the Department of Health and Human Services. The office is charged with developing policy and coordinating and clearing all matters related to the Affordable Care Act and providing outreach to Congress and other stakeholders with interests in health care reform.
  • Yvette was a Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Health Reform, responsible for coordinating the Administration’s work on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She also briefed and advised senior White House officials about aspects of the legislation and implementation efforts.
  • Yvette served as Professional Staff with the Senate Finance Committee where she had principle responsibility for provisions of the Affordable Care Act such as individual and employer responsibility requirements, tax credits for the purchase of health coverage, health insurance exchanges, health insurance rating reform, and consumer protection proposals. She also advised Chairman Baucus and Committee members on health insurance reform legislation before the Committee and Congress.
  • Yvette has also served as Professional Staff for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives for Democratic Congressman John D. Dingell; as Senior Legislative Advisor for Health Policy for Senator John D. Rockefeller; and as an analyst for the Office of Management and Budget. .
  • Yvette received her M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1997 and her B.A. from Duke University in 1994.