Since February 2018, Shawn Gremminger has served as Senior Director of Federal Relations at Families USA. Shawn oversees Families USA’s engagement with Capitol Hill and the administration, advancing federal policies to ensure excellent health care is equally accessible to all people in the United States. He provides strategic advice to Families USA’s Board of Directors and Executive Director and represents the organization in numerous coalitions of allied organizations.
Before joining Families USA, Shawn served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for America’s Essential Hospitals 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. In 2009-2010, Shawn led the association’s efforts on Capitol Hill to support enactment of the Affordable Care Act while protecting the interests of public and safety net hospitals. 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 directed America’s Essential Hospitals’ efforts 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.
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 Pricing 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.