Cynthia Pellegrini has served as Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs at the March of Dimes since 2011. In this capacity, Ms. Pellegrini oversees all March of Dimes advocacy efforts at the federal level and in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Key March of Dimes policy priorities include access to health care for all women of childbearing age and children; research into prematurity, birth defects, and other aspects of reproductive and child health and development; and disease prevention and health promotion issues.

Ms. Pellegrini serves as the consumer representative on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which issues recommendations to the CDC Director regarding the childhood and adult vaccine schedules. She represents the March of Dimes on the National Quality Forum’s Measure Applications Partnership and serves on the National Campaign on Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s Public Policy Advisory Group.

Prior to joining March of Dimes, Ms. Pellegrini served as Associate Director for Federal Affairs at the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she covered a range of issues including genetics, bioethics, child abuse and neglect, environmental health, nutrition, obesity, and injury and violence. She also worked for more than a decade on Capitol Hill, including positions as chief of staff for Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY) and covering health care, women’s health, and other issues.

Recent Posts by Cynthia Pellegrini

HHS Must Remove Barriers To Coverage For Pregnant Women

Although the ACA has made strides towards improving access to health care, the Department of Health and Human Services has left in place a key barrier to coverage by failing to establish a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for women who become pregnant.

Medicaid Expansion: Benefits For Women of Childbearing Age And Their Children

States are in the midst of deciding whether and how to expand their Medicaid programs to nonelderly individuals with income below 133 percent of Federal Poverty Level (FPL), as permitted under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The group that perhaps stands to benefit the most from Medicaid...