Vice President, Federal and State Relations
John Cerisano is the vice president of federal and state relations for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 35 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies. Today, one in three Americans is covered by the Blue System.
Cerisano began his career in 1987 on Capitol Hill with legislative responsibilities in several areas, including healthcare. After 10 years on Capitol Hill, Cerisano transitioned to the private sector joining BCBSA’s Federal Relations team in 1997. He has served in multiple capacities over the years and currently leads the organization’s advocacy team.
As part of BCBSA’s leadership team, Cerisano is charged with shaping national health policy by leading his team’s lobbying and advocacy engagement, which includes lobbying senior Administration officials, Members of Congress and their staffs, organizations of state regulators, governors and other officials, activating BCBS companies nationwide and building coalitions that unify national, state and local healthcare business organizations toward a common goal. During his tenure, played a lead role in several legislative areas, including the Patients’ Bill of Rights, association health plans, genetic non-discrimination, Medicare Advantage, generic drugs and, most recently, improvements to the Affordable Care Act.
Prior to joining the Association, Cerisano held a senior position in the Office of Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), managing his legislative priorities in several areas, including healthcare. He served in this position during several periods of significant legislative activity, including the 1993 and 1994 healthcare debate, 1996 welfare reform and HIPAA and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Prior to joining Senator Gramm’s team in 1989, he served in the office of a Member of Congress from Virginia and in the office of a Member of the British House of Commons.
Cerisano received his bachelor of arts in political science from Virginia Tech.