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October 2, 2014

Medicare Rights Board of Directors Elects Slate of Directors and Officers
–Welcomes Jonathan Blum, former CMS Principal Deputy Administrator and Director–

New York, NY—This week at its annual meeting, the Board of Directors of the Medicare Rights Center elected a slate of directors and officers for the coming year, including a new member, Jonathan Blum, the former Principal Deputy Administrator and Director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) overseeing the Medicare program.

“We are pleased to have a committed group of board members who can continue to shape the strategic direction of Medicare Rights as we expand our services.  We are particularly happy to add Jonathan Blum as our newest member,” said Bruce Vladeck, Chairperson of Medicare Rights’ board. “Jon’s deep knowledge of Medicare will be an invaluable asset as we work to improve access to affordable health care for over 50 million older adults and people with disabilities.”

As the top Medicare official at CMS, Blum was responsible for overseeing the regulation and payment of Medicare fee-for service providers, privately-administered Medicare health plans, and the Medicare prescription drug program. He served as an advisor to Senate Finance Committee members and former chairman, Senator Max Baucus, where he worked on prescription drug and Medicare Advantage policies during the development of the Medicare Modernization Act. He also served as a program analyst focused on Medicare at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Currently, he is the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at CareFirst Blue Cross, which provides health care coverage in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia.

Blum joins an eclectic board with experience in health care, law, journalism, academia, government, and finance. For more information about Medicare Rights’ Board of Directors, visit www.medicarerights.org/about-us/board.

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