Shawn Gremminger served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for America’s Essential Hospitals (formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems) from 2009-2017. In this role, he oversaw all of the federal relations of the organization, which represents more than 325 large hospitals and health systems across the country. Shawn joined America’s Essential Hospitals just as Congress was beginning to debate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He oversaw the association’s efforts on Capitol Hill to support the legislation while protecting the interests of public and safety net hospitals. During his tenure at America’s Essential Hospitals, Shawn led the association’s advocacy on high-profile legislation including the IMPACT Act, 21st Century Cures, and MACRA. From 2012-2016, Shawn served as the elected chair of the Partnership for Medicaid, a coalition of more than 20 national Medicaid stakeholder organizations including Medicaid providers, health plans, counties, and labor. In 2017, Shawn and America’s Essential Hospitals worked tirelessly to defeat legislation to repeal the ACA and impose unprecedented cuts to the Medicaid program.
Before joining America’s Essential Hospitals, Shawn worked for the Children’s Hospital Association (formerly the National Association of Children’s Hospitals) for four years, where he represented the nation’s children’s hospitals on a variety of issues. He lobbied for reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program from, and reauthorization and funding for the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program, which helps to cover the cost of training the next generation of pediatricians.
Shawn is a recognized national expert in key issues impacting Medicaid and low-income populations, including Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) and other supplemental payments, and state financing of Medicaid including Medicaid provider taxes. Shawn is also a national expert on the 340B Drug Program, which provides discounted outpatient pharmaceuticals to safety net providers, including community health centers, AIDS clinics, and eligible hospitals.
Shawn holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the George Washington University in Washington, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA.