Press Release             

Contact: Nathan Heggem
Senior Communications and
Policy Associate

March 25, 2011

Krystal Knight to Join Medicare Rights Center as
State Program and Policy Coordinator

-- Will Lead New Project Funded by Atlantic Philanthropies --

New York, NY—Krystal Knight, M.P.H., will join the Medicare Rights Center’s Washington, D.C. office to serve in the newly created position of State Program and Policy Coordinator. Ms. Knight will oversee a new project funded by Atlantic Philanthropies to expand the Medicare Rights Center’s community-based education and policy programs in five states—Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maine and Wisconsin.

Through the project, Medicare Rights will partner with local organizations in each state to establish, or in the case of Kansas, to expand, the award-winning Seniors Out Speaking (SOS) program. Through the SOS program, Medicare Rights works with host organizations nationally to enlist, train and track the outcomes of SOS volunteers as they help their peers understand Medicare and related health insurance coverage. Ms. Knight will also oversee the launch of Medicare Advocacy Coalitions in each state, bringing together consumers, advocacy organizations, policymakers and other stakeholders to help ensure that health reform is responsive to the needs of people with Medicare.
“I am delighted that Krystal will join Medicare Rights as our State Program and Policy Coordinator,” said Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Medicare Rights Center to help us serve people with Medicare and build coalitions with stakeholders across the country.”

“I am thrilled to come on board at the Medicare Rights Center at a time of great opportunity to create positive change for people with Medicare,” said Ms. Knight. “Health reform represents a tremendous opportunity for the American health care system, and much work is required to ensure that the needs of older adults and people with disabilities are met as implementation unfolds.”

Ms. Knight was formerly Public Policy Associate at the National Association of Community Health Centers, and holds a B.A. and an M.P.H. from the University of Florida.

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