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The Center for Medicare Advocacy works to advance fair access to comprehensive Medicare coverage and quality health care for older people and people with disabilities by providing the highest quality analysis, education and advocacy.
 

National Office:
Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.
11 Ledgebrook Drive
Mansfield Center, CT 06250
(860) 456-7790
(mailing address)

Washington, DC Office
1025 Connecticut
Avenue, NW
Suite 709
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-5760
 


ABOUT THE CENTER FOR MEDICARE ADVOCACY

The Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. is a national non‑profit, non-partisan organization that provides education, advocacy, and legal assistance to help elders and people with disabilities obtain Medicare and necessary health care. The Center was established in 1986.  We focus on the needs of Medicare beneficiaries, people with chronic conditions, and those in need of long‑term care. The organization is involved in writing, education, and advocacy activities of importance to Medicare beneficiaries nationwide. The Center's central office is in Connecticut, with offices in Washington, DC and throughout the country.

The Center is staffed by attorneys, nurses, legal assistants, and information management specialists.  A complete explanation of the organization's publications, products, and services is available upon request and on the products and services page of this site.

Each year, the Center represents thousands of individuals in appeals of Medicare denials.  The work of the Center includes responding to approximately 7000 telephone and email inquiries each year. We also write extensively about Medicare and related topics, produce a wide array of electronic and hard copy educational materials, advocate in administrative, judicial, and legislative forums, and pursue Medicare coverage for individuals and for dually eligible beneficiaries (individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid). In addition, the organization provides legal training and support nationwide as well as for Connecticut's state health insurance and assistance program (SHIP program), known in Connecticut as CHOICES.

The Center's staff act as consultants and trainers for groups that are interested in learning about health care rights, Medicare coverage and appeals, or in developing Medicare advocacy projects. For assistance with a Medicare or health care access problem, write or call the Center, toll free in Connecticut at (800) 262-4414, or (860) 456-7790, or in Washington, D.C. at (202) 293-5760.  You may also contact us by clicking here.  A complete list of the Center for Medicare Advocacy's publications and products is available here. You can also learn about the Center for Medicare Advocacy and obtain important information about Medicare and related issues on this site and on our sister-site, www.medicareworks.org.

The Center for Medicare Advocacy's Executive Director, Attorney Judith Stein, is available at the Center's national office in Connecticut.


CENTER FOR MEDICARE ADVOCACY'S
WASHINGTON, DC OFFICE

The Center for Medicare Advocacy's office in Washington, DC is staffed by four attorneys, Alfred J. Chiplin, Jr., Toby Edelman, Vicki Gottlich, and Patricia Nemore. Each of these attorneys has over 20 years of experience in elder law.

With the fine staff and presence in Washington, DC, the Center is able to expand its work significantly. While we focus on Medicare, we also work to obtain and enforce other rights related to health care for persons with chronic conditions and those in need of long-term care. The Washington office has increased the Center's involvement in research and writing, policy-making, litigation, and assisting individuals throughout the United States.  

For further information contact the Center's Executive Director, Judith Stein, at our national office at (860)456-7790, or the Washington Office Managing Attorney, Alfred J. Chiplin, Jr.

Click here for information about our Health Policy Internships.

Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.
1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 709
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-5760


CENTER PERSONNEL

For brief biographies of some personnel, simply click on the available "Bio." links.

NOTE: All email addresses end with @medicareadvocacy.org
but have been truncated in an effort to cut down on SPAM

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CONNECTICUT/CENTRAL OFFICE

11 Ledgebrook Drive
Mansfield Center, CT 06250
(860) 456-7790

Send Correspondence to:
P.O. Box 350
Willimantic, CT 06226

JUDITH A. STEIN  (Bio.)
Executive Director/Attorney
email: jstein

BRAD S. PLEBANI  (Bio.)
Deputy Director
email: bplebani

MARGARET MURPHY (Bio.)
Associate Director
email: mmurphy

PAMELA A. MELISO  (Bio.)
Senior Attorney
email: pmeliso

GILL DEFORD (Bio.)
Director of Litigation
email: gdeford

MARY T. BERTHELOT  (Bio.)
Attorney
email: tberthel

MARY ASHKAR (Bio.)
Attorney
email: mashkar

ABIGAIL C. SHEEHAN (Bio.)
Attorney
email: asheehan

TIANA HERCULES (Bio.)
Attorney
email: thercule

NANCY GIFFORD (Bio.)
Attorney
email: ngifford

PAUL GRABOWSKI
Legal Assistant
email: pgrabowski

CAROLYN BOYLE  (Bio.)
Administrator
email: cboyle

SHAUN HARRINGTON (Bio.)
Assistant Data Manager
email: sharrington

SAMANTHA N. ALLARD
Case Processing/Sched. Coord.
email: sallard

MATTHEW SHEPARD  (Bio.)
Communications Coordinator
email: mshepard

SUSAN MORRISON
Technical Coordinator
email: smorriso

JONATHAN GONZALEZ
Systems Assistant
email: email: jgonzale

SUSAN COLLINS
Information & Referral Specialist
email: scollins

ELIZABETH MALDONADO
Secretary
email: emaldona

ASHLEY PELLETIER
Documents Coordinator
email: apelleti

PART-TIME/TEMPORARY

MARCUS TILTON (Bio.)
Senior Consultant

Jocelyne Watrous (Bio.)
Medicare Beneficiary Consultant
email: jwatrous

ELLEN LANG  (Bio.)
Medical Advocacy Consultant
email: elang

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WASHINGTON, DC OFFICE

1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 709
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-5760

ALFRED J. CHIPLIN, JR.  (Bio.)
Managing Attorney
email: achiplin

VICKI GOTTLICH  (Bio.)
Attorney
email: vgottlich

TOBY EDELMAN  (Bio.)
Attorney
email: tedelman

PATRICIA NEMORE  (Bio.)
Attorney
email: pnemore

JENNIFER CHEMI
Project Coordinator and Analyst
email: jchemi

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MAINE/DATA UNIT

42 MAIN ST.
HARRISON, ME 04040
(207) 583-2070

LARRY GLATZ  (Bio.)
Data Project Director
email: lglatz

LISA F. HALL
Entitlement Analyst Manager
email: lhall

DEBRA JOHNSON
Office Manager
email: djohnson

PATRICIA DEBIE
Medical Records Coordinator
email: pdebie

CORINNA BEEBE
Entitlement Analyst
email: cbeebe

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CONSULTING ATTORNEY

c/o ARIZONA CENTER FOR DISABILITY
100 NORTH STONE AVE., SUITE 305
TUCSON, AZ 85701
(520) 322-0126

SALLY HART  (Bio.)
Attorney/Litigation Group
email: shart

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CONSULTING ATTORNEY

WEY-WEY KWOK  (Bio.)
Consulting Attorney
email: wkwok


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bess Brewer, Esq. (Bio.)

President

Sacramento, CA

Sole Practitioner

 

Constance Neal, BA (Bio.)

Secretary

Mansfield, CT

Owner, Smith-Keon Jewelers

 

Patrick Proctor, Ph.D. (Bio.)

Treasurer

Hartford, CT

Former Superintendent of Schools, Wethersfield and Windham, CT; Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut; Educational Consultant

Marion Platt, M.Ed. (Bio.)

Member of the Board

Chicago, Illinois

Special Education Administrator & Consultant

 

Keith Bradoc Gallant, Esq. (Bio.)

Member of Board

New Haven, CT

Partner, Day Pitney

 

 
 


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