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Executive Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.

Judith Stein founded the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. in 1986. She is currently the Executive Director. Ms. Stein has focused on legal representation of the elderly since beginning her legal career in 1975. From 1977 until 1986, Ms. Stein was the Co-Director of Legal Assistance to Medicare Patients (LAMP) where she managed the first Medicare advocacy program in the country. She has extensive experience in developing and administering Medicare advocacy projects, representing Medicare beneficiaries, producing educational materials, teaching and consulting. She has been lead or co-counsel in federal class action and individual cases challenging improper Medicare policies and denials.

Ms. Stein graduated cum laude from Williams College in 1972 and received her law degree with honors from Catholic University School of Law in 1975. She is the editor and co-author of numerous books, articles, and other publications regarding Medicare and related issues including the Medicare Handbook (Aspen Publishers, Inc., updated annually). She is a Past President and Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a past Commissioner of the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), and a recipient of the Health Care Financing Administration ( HCFA, now CMS) Beneficiary Services Certificate of Merit. She was a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, representing Senator Chris Dodd, and received the Connecticut Commission on Aging Agewise Advocate Award in May 2007.

Executive Director, National Senior Citizens Law Center

The National Senior Citizens Law Center is pleased to announce that Michael Kelly has become the organization’s new executive director. Michael replaces Ed King, who retired last month after serving as NSCLC’s executive director since 2002. Michael brings a great deal of experience to his new leadership role. In addition to serving for seven years on NSCLC’s Board of Directors, including two years as chairman, he has been the dean of the University of Maryland School of Law, University Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Georgetown University, a visiting scholar at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a senior fellow at the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Michael also serves on the boards of the Union Theological Seminary and CareFirst Inc., the nonprofit Blue Cross/Blue Shield Company serving the Maryland and Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Vice President and Medicare Policy Project Director, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Patricia Neuman is a Vice President of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and is Director of the foundation’s Medicare Policy Project. In this capacity, she focuses primarily on health policy issues related to Medicare, long-term care, and health coverage for low-income elderly and disabled populations. The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, independent national health care philanthropy dedicated to providing information and analysis on health issues, and is not associated with Kaiser Permanente.

Before joining the Foundation in 1995, Dr. Neuman served for six years on the professional staff of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health in the U.S. House of Representatives, and for three years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging working on health and long-term care issues.

Dr. Neuman serves on the Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Medicare Education and on the Century Foundation’s Task Force on Medicare Reform. She has been invited several times to present expert testimony before Congressional Committees and has published numerous articles on topics related to health coverage and financing for the Medicare population.

Dr. Neuman received a Doctorate of Science degree in health policy and management and a Masters of Science degree in health finance and management from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a faculty appointment as an Associate in the Johns Hopkins University Department of Health Policy and Management. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Vice President and Director of the Health Program, American Institutes for Research

Marilyn Moon is Vice President and Director of the Health Program at AIR. She is a nationally-known expert on Medicare and social insurance. She previously served as a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute and as a public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare trust funds. Marilyn Moon has published extensively on health policy, both for the elderly and the population in general, and is frequently quoted in the media. Recent publications include: A Place at the Table: Women’s Needs and Medicare Reform, published by the Century Foundation; and “The Future of Medicare as an Entitlement Program.” From 1993 to 2000, Moon wrote a periodic column for the Washington Post on health reform and health coverage issues.

Dr. Moon has served on a number of boards for non-profit organizations and is currently President of the board of the Medicare Rights Center. Moon earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, she was an associate professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, and the founding Director of the Public Policy Institute of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Executive Director, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' founder and Executive Director, Robert Greenstein is considered an expert on the federal budget and in particular, the impact of tax and budget proposals on low-income people.

Greenstein has written numerous reports, analyses, op-ed pieces, and magazine articles on poverty-related issues. He appears on national television news and public affairs programs and is frequently asked to testify on Capitol Hill.

In 1996, Greenstein was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. The MacArthur Foundation cited Greenstein for making "the Center a model for a non-partisan research and policy organization." In 1994, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform.

Prior to founding the Center, Greenstein was Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he directed the agency that operates the federal food assistance programs, with a staff of 2,500 and a budget of $15 billion.

Executive Director of Health Sciences Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP

A nationally recognized expert on health care policy, health care financing and long-term care, Dr. Bruce C. Vladeck brings unparalleled experience, a unique perspective, and unusual wit to the issues surrounding the future of healthcare and of Medicare and Medicaid, specifically.

He served for four years in the mid-1990s as the Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he directed Medicare and Medicaid.

During his tenure, he revitalized agency morale and performance, oversaw the most extensive reorganization in the agency’s history, and brought significant innovations to its programs.

Dr. Vladeck has been a consultant to a wide range of health care and other nonprofit organizations. He has written and spoken extensively on healthcare and Medicare issues, and his experience and expertise permit him to tailor his presentations for a wide variety of audiences.

Bruce C. Vladeck recently served as the Interim President of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He also is a principal with Ernst and Young’s Health Sciences Advisory Services and East Coast Director for the firm’s Academic Medical Center service line.

He serves on a number of boards and has held important posts at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and other healthcare related institutions.

Professor of Public Management and Political Science

Theodore Marmor, Ph.D., Harvard University, 1966, is Professor of Public Management and Political Science, and is affiliated with the Institute for Social and Policy Studies and the School of Nursing. He has been a Rock Carling Fellow, Centennial Visiting Professor, London School of Economics, and fellow (Emeritus) Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. His research concerns the political economy of the welfare state, political analysis, health and health care. He is currently teaching Professionalism Under Pressure in Law and Medicine. Publications include: The Politics of Medicare, Aldine deGruyter Press, 2000, America’s Misunderstood Welfare State, Basic Books, 1992 and Understanding Health Care Reform: Essays, Yale University Press, 1994.

President and CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

National Committee President and CEO Barbara B. Kennelly has spent 25 years in public service at local, state and federal levels, including 17 years as a member of the U.S. Congress. A former ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee's Subcommittee on Social Security, Mrs. Kennelly was the first woman to serve as Chief Majority Whip and she was Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and the House Committee on Intelligence. Throughout her career, Mrs. Kennelly has advocated for Social Security, Medicare and other health and retirement issues. After leaving Congress, she served as Counselor to the Commissioner and Associate Deputy on Retirement Policy at the Social Security Administration. Mrs. Kennelly served on the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. In 2006, Mrs. Kennelly was appointed to the Social Security Advisory Board. Mrs. Kennelly resides in Hartford, Connecticut and Washington DC.

Project Attorney, National Senior Citizens Law Center

Kevin Prindiville is a staff attorney in NSCLC's Oakland Office where he works on Medicare Part D issues.  Prior to joining NSCLC, Kevin worked as a staff attorney at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project in Philadelphia where he represented low income individuals having trouble accessing health care.  While at PHLP, he worked primarily on issues affecting Medicaid recipients, the uninsured and individuals with mental health disabilities.  Kevin's current project focuses on the impact of Medicare Part D on dual eligibles in California.  Kevin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. 

Public Policy Counsel, National Senior Citizens Law Center

Si is responsible for the Washington DC advocacy effort of the Herbert Semmel Federal Rights Project. Si has served as Associate Director of President Jimmy Carter’s White House Domestic Policy Staff (1977-81), as a partner in Powell, Goldstein, Frazer, and Murphy LLP (1981-2002), and as Senior Counsel to Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP (2002- ). He is a Trustee of the Center for Law and Social Policy, and writes frequently on issues of law and policy. His articles on federal rights have appeared in the Atlantic, the Washington Post Outlook (Sunday opinion) Section, the Democratic Leadership Council’s magazine Blueprint, and The American Prospect. His Atlantic Monthly article, “The Most Dangerous Branch?”, has been republished in two anthologies, The Best American Political Writing 2003 Royce Flippin, ed. (Avalon Press 2003), and Principles and Practice of American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 2d ed., Samuel Kernell and Steven S. Smith, eds. (CQ Press 2003). He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was Note & Comment Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law and Alumni Faculty Fellow, Washington and Lee University School of law

Jost holds the Robert L. Willett Family Professorship of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is a co-author of a casebook, Health Law, used widely throughout the United States in teaching health law, and of a treatise and hornbook by the same name. He is also the author of Health Care Coverage Determinations: An International Comparative Study; Disentitlement? The Threats Facing our Public Health Care Programs and a Rights-Based Response; and Readings in Comparative Health Law and Bioethics, the second edition of which appeared this spring.

He has also written numerous articles and book chapters on health care regulation and comparative health law and policy, and has lectured on health law topics throughout the world. His most recent book is Health Care at Risk: A Critique of the Consumer-Driven Movement, which was published by Duke University Press this summer.

Admitted to practice in Illinois and Ohio; Staff Attorney, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, 1975-76; Supervisory Attorney, Legal Services for the Mentally Disabled of Uptown, 1977-78; Supervisory Attorney, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, 1979-81; Assistant Professor, Ohio State University College of Law, 1981-85; Associate Professor, 1985-87; Associate Professor, Division of Hospital and Health Services Administration, Ohio State University College of Medicine, 1986-87; Professor, Ohio State University College of Law and College of Medicine, 1987-92; Visiting Fellow and European Fulbright Regional Research Scholar, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson College, Oxford University, 1988-89; Guest Professor and Fulbright Scholar, Universität, Göttingen, Germany, 1996-97; Newton D. Baker, Baker & Hostetler Chair of Law and Professor of College of Medicine and Public Health, Division of Health Services Management and Policy, Ohio State University, 1992-2001; Visiting Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University, spring 2000; Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law, 2001-.

Attorney, William E. Morris Institute for Justice
Consulting Counsel, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.

Sally Hart is an attorney with the William E. Morris Institute for Justice, in Tucson, Arizona, and is consulting counsel to the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. in Willimantic, Connecticut. She graduated from Stanford University and Boston University School of Law (cum laude), and received a Masters in Business Taxation from U.S.C. Ms. Hart moved to Arizona in 1990 after more than 15 years at the National Senior Citizens Law Center in Los Angeles.

Ms. Hart specializes in health benefits law, particularly the problems encountered by elderly and low income persons in obtaining Medicare and Medicaid benefits. She has represented Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in numerous class action lawsuits that expanded their rights to health services and procedural protections. She was lead counsel in Grijalva v. Shalala, 152 F.3d 1115 (9th Cir. 1998), cert.granted, vacated and remanded, 119 S.Ct. 1573 (U.S. May 3, 1999), judgment vacated and remanded, 185 F.3d 1075 (9th Cir. Sept. 1, 1999), settlement approved, CIV 93-711 TUC ACM (D.Ariz. Dec. 5, 2000.) The Grijalva case has resulted in expanded appeal protections for Medicare HMO enrollees across the country. A more recent case of special interest is Ball v. Biedess, No. CIV 00-67-TUCEHC, 2004 WL 2566262 (D.Ariz. Aug. 13, 2004), appeal docketed, No. 04-16963 (9th Cir. Sept. 10, 2004). The court in Ball ordered the State to assure that home care workers are paid enough to assure that services are provided without gaps.

Director of Litigation, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.

Gill Deford is Director of Litigation of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. After clerking for a federal district judge, Mr. Deford was a staff attorney for eighteen years with the National Senior Citizens Law Center in Los Angeles, California specializing in health law, public pensions, ERISA, and SSI. From 1994 to 1997, he served as the Director of Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, a Massachusetts agency providing legal assistance to people with mental disabilities. He then worked as a staff attorney with the health law team at AARP Foundation Litigation in Washington, DC before coming to the Center in early 1999 to work on national litigation issues.

Mr. Deford graduated cum laude from Harvard College and received his law degree from the University of Virginia. His career has focused on federal court litigation and appellate practice, usually involving class actions or organizational representation.

Senior Policy Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.

Vicki Gottlich is an attorney in the Washington, DC office of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. where she provides legal assistance, research, consultation, and litigation support regarding Medicare and employer-sponsored health benefits. Prior to joining the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Ms. Gottlich was a staff attorney for the National Senior Citizens Law Center. She conducts seminars and workshops regarding Medicare and other health-related issues for such organizations as the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, the national Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Clearinghouse Review and the NAELA News.

Ms. Gottlich received her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law and her L.L.M. degree from George Washington University.

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