Eliot Fishman

Senior Director of Health Policy

As Senior Director of Health Policy, Eliot Fishman leads Families USA’s policy strategy, working with the policy department and other members of senior leadership. In this capacity, he helps to provide analysis and insight regarding universal coverage, transformation of health care delivery and payment, consumer engagement in care, and achieving equity in health care access and outcomes. 

Prior to Families USA, Mr. Fishman worked to promote health policy innovation and universal coverage throughout his entire career, both in government and in the private sector. Most recently, he served at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2013 to 2017. In that role, he led the federal government’s work with states on Medicaid waivers and federal policy on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid and CHIP quality measurement, and Medicaid and CHIP eligibility and enrollment. CMS named Mr. Fishman its Executive of the Year in 2016 for his work leading Medicaid waiver negotiations regarding expansion, delivery system reform and provider payment innovation. 

Prior to his work at CMS, Mr. Fishman served as Director of the Office of Policy in the New Jersey Department of Health. He also was a Principal at Health Management Associates, a consulting firm specializing in health policy issues for low-income people. Before that, he worked as a Vice President in the Metropolitan Jewish Health System, a large non-profit integrated delivery system in New York. He also has published extensively on health policy and health reform.

Mr. Fishman received his Bachelor’s from Harvard College and his Ph.D. from Yale University.