Ben Belton, Former Senior Advisor to the Acting Commissioner, Social Security Administration, and the first recipient of the Alfred J. Chiplin, Jr., Social Justice & Advocacy Award, is the Chiplin Senior Fellow in the Center for Medicare Advocacy's Washington, DC office. Ben most recently served in the administration of President Barack Obama as a Senior Advisor to the … Read more

Scott Perkins is the Development Director at the Center for Medicare Advocacy and is responsible for strengthening, diversifying and managing the Center's fundraising and communications programs.  Mr. Perkins has an MA in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University.  While Naropa provided a rigorous course of academic study, Mr. Perkins was more deeply impacted by the experiences … Read more

Dara Valanejad joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy in 2017, and works in conjunction with the Long-Term Care Community Coalition. Mr. Valanejad’s work primarily centers around nursing home and long-term care issues. Mr. Valanejad graduated cum laude from American University Washington College of Law, where he was a senior staff member of the American University Law Review, a … Read more

Kata M. Kertesz, joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy in 2014 as a Policy Attorney. Her legal work focuses on the rights of those dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare Savings Programs, and other matters regarding access to health care for lower-income people. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. … Read more

Toby S. Edelman has been representing older people in long-term care facilities since 1977.  As a Senior Policy Attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy since January 2000, Ms. Edelman provides training, research, policy analysis, consultation, and litigation support relating to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.  Under two grants from the Commonwealth Fund, she … Read more

David A. Lipschutz, joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy in June 2010. Mr. Lipschutz engages in public policy issues surrounding Medicare and related coverage as they impact Medicare beneficiaries. This work includes federal administrative and legislative advocacy, collaboration with other consumer advocates to address systemic issues, and monitoring, analyzing and commenting on current Medicare-related policy … Read more