Ali Bers conducts federal litigation aimed at making systemic improvements to Medicare for elders and people with disabilities. She has litigated numerous class actions addressing policies and practices that improperly deny Medicare coverage or block fair access to Medicare’s administrative appeal system. Ms. Bers also represents individuals who have been denied coverage for medically necessary care, and she frequently speaks and writes on Medicare topics. Before joining the Center, Ms. Bers was an elder law attorney in private practice and for seven years she was a staff attorney at Western Massachusetts Legal Services (now Community Legal Aid). At Legal Services, she assisted low-income clients with public benefits and represented beneficiaries as part of the Massachusetts Medicare Advocacy Project. She was a law clerk for the Honorable Robert N. Chatigny of the U.S. District Court in Connecticut. Ms. Bers is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and has served for over 10 years on the Board of Directors of Square One, a non-profit provider of early education and child care based in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Ms. Bers is admitted to the state bar of Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court for the Districts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Columbia University and her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.