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01.29.2020 / Press Release

Media Advisory: Medicaid Block Grants: Hurting Families and Hurting States Webinar

On Thursday during a special event in Washington, DC, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is set to release guidance encouraging states to block grant their Medicaid programs.

This guidance will give states the green light to fundamentally change the nature of their Medicaid programs in exchange for anticipated trivial flexibility, putting the health and welfare of millions in jeopardy.

Following CMS’s announcement, Families USA will host a webinar to hear reactions and policy implications on the new guidance and the impact it will have on families.

 Among the speakers on the webinar will be Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. Rep. Pallone is Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has primary jurisdiction over Medicaid.


Webinar Details

Title:              Medicaid Block Grants: Hurting Families and Hurting States

Date:               Thursday, January 30, 2020

Time:              2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time


  • Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Frederick Isasi, Executive Director, Families USA
  • Michele Johnson, Executive Director, Tennessee Justice Center
  • Eliot Fishman, Senior Director of Health Policy, Families USA

Registration details:

To register for the tele-briefing, go to

To join the call, please dial 800-289-0462 and enter passcode 607062

The call will be recorded. Please email Lisa Holland, to receive a link to the recording.

 If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Holland, or 202-626-0640.


In addition to the webinar, Isasi and Fishman will be available for media interviews outside the US Department of Health and Human Services immediately after the “Transforming Medicaid: A New Opportunity for Better Health” event concludes. Contact Lisa Holland, 202-236-6887 (cell), for more information.