Lisa Shapiro Vice President, Health Policy

Lisa Shapiro has more than 15 years of experience working in the public, non-profit and private sectors on federal health policy issues with a primary focus on children, the uninsured and underserved populations. Since 2007, Lisa’s work at First Focus has centered on efforts to improve health coverage for low-income children through public programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid. Lisa also works on public health issues affecting children, including child nutrition, obesity, environmental health, and asthma. Lisa also focuses on Affordable Care Act implementation issues related to children. From grassroots advocacy and strategic policy engagement to providing technical assistance for public and non-profit stakeholders, Lisa is a well-regarded expert on policy and strategy regarding child health coverage systems.

Prior to joining First Focus, on Capitol Hill, Lisa was a congressional fellow in the office of Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) where she assisted in the development of legislation on a broad range of health issues, including proposals to: improve Medicaid and CHIP outreach and enrollment systems, increase funding for programs to counter the childhood obesity epidemic; ensure prescription drug coverage for children eligible for Medicare Part D; maintain Medicaid coverage for foster care children and infants born to immigrant mothers eligible for emergency Medicaid; increase the availability of federal Medicaid funds for states during economic recession; and protect essential funding streams for safety net providers.

In the private sector, Lisa formulated policy for non-profit clients and advocated on issues to preserve and extend the health care safety net and improve access to health care services for underserved populations. She also provided strategic policy advice to national voluntary health organizations on public health concerns, including health promotion and chronic disease prevention.

Lisa also worked for the Society for Women’s Health Research on a broad range of legislative and regulatory issues related to women’s health, maternal and child health and biomedical research.

Lisa has an M.P.A. from the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy. She received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Lisa lives in Arlington, VA with her husband Hal and two sons.

Resources by Lisa Shapiro


Fact Sheet: Medicaid is Cost-Effective Coverage for Kids

| March 9, 2017 |

As the largest insurer of children, we know that Medicaid is critical to 36.8 million low-income children. From well-baby and well-child visits, to vaccines, eyeglasses, dental


Why CHIP is Still the Best Deal for Kids

| September 30, 2016 |

CHIP covers those who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to be able to purchase health insurance coverage on their


Key Facts about the CHIP Program

| September 30, 2016 |

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was enacted by a bipartisan group of lawmakers as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (P.L.


Back-to-School: A Critical Time to Get Kids Enrolled in Health Coverage

| September 14, 2016 |

It’s a fairly simple concept – for children to succeed in school, they must be healthy enough to attend class. That’s why each September


Medicaid Per Capita Caps Jeopardize the Health of Children

| June 23, 2016 |

On June 22, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled the GOP’s latest Obamacare replacement plan. On the Medicaid front, Ryan is again


Ryan’s Plan to Cap Medicaid is a Bad Deal for Kids and States

| June 22, 2016 |

Today, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the long-awaited Obamacare repeal and replace plan which includes an oldies hit-list of Republican health


Children’s Health in the President’s 2017 Budget

| February 23, 2016 |

President Obama recently sent his final budget proposal to Congress. The fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request calls for more than $4.15 trillion to


HHS Plan Review Confirms Critical Role of CHIP in Post-ACA Health Care System

| December 3, 2015 |

Last week, on Thanksgiving Eve, the HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released summary findings from a months-delayed congressionally-mandated review of health


CHIP Coverage Still the Best Deal in Town for Children

| November 9, 2015 |

Findings from a new actuarial value (AV) study released at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) meeting in late October confirm


On the campaign trail, candidates’ health plans tout Medicaid cuts, ignoring impact on children

| September 10, 2015 |

As the presidential campaign trail heats up, Republican candidates are fleshing out more details on their health care proposals. While Obamacare replacement seems to