Charles P. Sabatino, J.D. has been the Director of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, located in Washington, DC, since 1984. The Commission is a policy and practice research, education, and advocacy body within the ABA, focused on the rights of older adults. Mr. Sabatino’s work focuses on research and project development in the areas … Read more

Marion Platt has served on the board of The Center for Medicare Advocacy since its inception in 1986. Ms. Platt has been an advocate for special education services for over thirty-five years serving preschoolers through adults in Connecticut and Illinois as a teacher, administrator, professional development coordinator and consultant.  Areas of expertise include special education … Read more

Julia Evans Starr, MSW, is a leading authority on issues affecting the growing and diverse population of older adults. Her work transcends the branches of government (Executive, Legislative and Judicial) as well as municipalities and a vast network of community providers. Julia led Connecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging for over twenty years, until it was … Read more

Elizabeth Duckrow began her professional career as a first grade teacher in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and ended it 38 years later as a school counselor in New Haven, Connecticut. During these years, Mrs. Duckrow worked with a variety of different and diverse school populations: In Falls Church, Virginia as a Crisis Intervention Counselor, in … Read more

Sean Cavanaugh is the Chief Administrative and Performance Officer of Aledade, a start-up aimed at helping primary care doctors form accountable care organizations (ACOs).  Until 2017, he was the Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He was responsible for overseeing the regulation and payment … Read more

Attorney Bess Brewer is a sole practitioner in Sacramento, California.  Her practice is devoted to litigating Social Security Disability cases at the federal court level.  Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Brewer was Directing Attorney for Northern California Lawyers for Civil Justice (NCLCJ), a staff attorney with the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) in … Read more

Ben F. Belton is the Global Partner Engagement Director at AARP. Mr. Belton previously served as the Chiplin Senior Fellow at the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Prior to joining the Center, he served in the administration of President Barack Obama as a Senior Advisor to the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA). In … Read more

Connie Neal has been a member of the Center for Medicare Advocacy board of directors since 1986.  She is currently serving as Secretary.  Ms. Neal has served on several boards throughout the years, including those of Windham Memorial Community Hospital, Mt. Hope Montessori School, and Altrusa International, Inc. of Northeastern Connecticut, an association of professional … Read more

Rebecca C. Morgan is the Boston Asset Management Chair in Elder Law, the Director of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law at Stetson University College of Law and the Director of Stetson’s on-line LL.M. in Elder Law.  She is a successor co-author of Matthew Bender’s Tax, Estate, and Financial Planning for the Elderly and … Read more

Attorney Brad Gallant is a Partner in the law firm of Day Pitney LLP. His practice includes traditional trust and estate planning and administration, special needs and disabilities planning, planning for same-sex couples and their families, planning for incapacity, and all types of probate litigation. Mr. Gallant is the immediate past Chair of the Estates … Read more

Judith Feder is a professor of public policy and, from 1999 to 2008, served as dean of what is now the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. A nationally-recognized leader in health policy, Ms. Feder has made her mark on the nation’s health insurance system, through both scholarship and public service. A widely published … Read more