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Vice President, Government Relations and Advocacy
Shannon Attanasio is Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy at the Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA), the leading association representing Medicaid managed care organizations. In this role, Shannon is responsible for developing, implementing and executing MHPA’s federal legislative and Administrative strategy. Shannon engages with federal policymakers, national provider and beneficiary organizations, and state-level groups to promote the Medicaid managed care industry’s priorities.
Shannon comes to MHPA from Families USA, the consumer health care advocacy group, where she oversaw the organization’s legislative strategy as Senior Director of Government Affairs. Notable accomplishments include her execution of strategies that prevented cuts to the Medicaid program, and her work with their 400+ member Medicaid Coalition where she recruited stakeholders and expanded membership, resulting in more provider and industry representation. Prior to Families USA, Shannon worked for Matz, Blancato & Associates, where she advocated on behalf of seniors and people with disabilities on issues related to long-term care, Medicare, Medicaid, preventing elder abuse, and the Older Americans Act. She has also worked for several political campaigns, including President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Shannon earned an M.A. in government from Johns Hopkins and a B.A. in political science from Roger Williams University.