Top AHIP lobbyist Jill Dowell departs

Healthcare lobbyist Jill Dowell has left her job as the vice president of federal affairs at America’s Health Insurance Plans, an AHIP spokeswoman confirmed to The Hill.

Dowell joined the organization in 2001, and she played an influential role in last year's healthcare negotiations.

"Now that healthcare reform has passed, the landscape has shifted to focus more on the regulatory functions and the role of the administration," Dowell told The Hill. "I thought that this would be the right time for me to shift directions, too."

"We will miss her and wish her all the best," said Susan Pisano, AHIP's vice president of communications.

Dowell is undecided as to what her next professional move will be. "It's been a great ride, and I'm proud to have been a part of this chapter in American healthcare."

Prior to joining AHIP, Dowell represented Motorola and Diageo on Capitol Hill. From 1993-96 she served on the legislative staff of former Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer (R-Texas).