Meet the Team
Joe Baker has been President of the Medicare Rights Center since June 2009. Mr. Baker is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Health Care Services and serves on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education. He is an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Law, where he teaches a class on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Previously, he was the deputy secretary for health and human services in New York State under Governor David A. Paterson, where he was instrumental in developing Medicaid reforms and a proposal to extend health coverage to younger New Yorkers. Mr. Baker served as assistant deputy secretary for health and human services under Governor Eliot Spitzer, after having directed the Health Care Bureau under Spitzer when he was attorney general of New York. Mr. Baker was executive vice president of Medicare Rights from 1994 to 2001, and prior to that was associate director of legal services for Gay Men’s Health Crisis. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.
Stacy Sanders was formerly Director of National Neighbors Silver at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). Prior to joining NCRC, she was Director of the Elder Economic Security Initiative (Elder Initiative) at Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), where she worked with state- and community-based organizations across the country to promote the use of an economic security framework and tools in senior programs and policies. She has also served as a National Advisory Panel member on the Social Work Leadership Institute’s Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education.
Sanders has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan and is the recipient of a McGregor Geriatric Fellowship award. She is also a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and serves on the National Commission for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Consumer Advisory Board and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) Center for Benefits Access Advisory Board. Additionally, she is a past Executive Fellow of the Center for Progressive Leadership, and a co-chair of the Health Committee of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.