NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2017

Lindsey Copeland Named Medicare Rights Center’s Federal Policy Director

New York, NY—The Medicare Rights Center has named Lindsey Copeland as its new federal policy director. Ms. Copeland is responsible for formulating, directing, and implementing Medicare Rights’ federal policy and advocacy work and is based in its Washington, D.C. office. She will regularly inform policymakers in Congress and the Administration, as well as other key stakeholders including fellow advocacy organizations and the press, about the problems facing Medicare consumers, and the administrative and legislative policy remedies that Medicare Rights supports to address those problems.

Medicare Rights is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.

“We are thrilled that Lindsey Copeland has joined our team as the new federal policy director,” said Joe Baker, president of Medicare Rights. “Lindsey’s extensive policy and advocacy experience will help to further our efforts to ensure that people with Medicare can access the affordable health care they need. With Medicare—and other public programs that provide health security to America’s families—at risk, we are fortunate to have Lindsey on board working to protect the programs we all depend on.”

Ms. Copeland has extensive experience identifying, advancing, and implementing public policy solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing people with Medicare and their families. From leading national advocacy campaigns and empowering advocates, to pursuing legislative improvements and effecting regulatory change, throughout her career Ms. Copeland has strategically sought to strengthen federal health programs serving older adults and people with disabilities.

Before joining Medicare Rights, Ms. Copeland was the director of public policy and advocacy at Lutheran Services in America—one of the nation’s largest networks of nonprofit health and human services providers, whose 300+ members serve one in 50 Americans each year. There, she led the organization’s efforts to improve federal programs and policies that support vulnerable people of all ages and abilities.

She was also the director of policy and legislative affairs at the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASAUD), the Washington, DC voice for the nation’s 56 state and territorial agencies on aging. In this role, she worked on behalf of NASUAD members to articulate and install federal policies that support home and community based services for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Ms. Copeland holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from Hollins University, and a J.D. from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law.  She is admitted to the Virginia bar.

Press Contact: Deane Beebe – dbeebe@medicarerights.org

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