Press Release             

Contact: Mitchell Clark
Senior Communications Associate

March 15, 2013  

Medicare Rights Center Board Member Carol Raphael Appointed to the Commission on Long-Term Care

New York, NY—This week, President Obama selected Medicare Rights Center Board Member Carol Raphael as one of three appointees to the Commission on Long-Term Care.

The Commission on Long-Term Care was created by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Made up of fifteen members chosen by the President and Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate, the Commission is tasked with outlining sustainable long-term care reforms, particularly in the areas of delivery, finance and personnel.

“We applaud President Obama’s appointment of Carol Raphael to the Commission on Long-Term Care. She will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the work,” said Joe Baker, President of the Medicare Rights Center. “We look forward to following the Commission’s progress as they propose solutions to make the country’s long-term care system more accessible and affordable for the millions of people who need this vital care.”

Ms. Raphael served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the largest nonprofit home health care organization in the United States from 1989 to 2011. She expanded the organization’s services and launched innovative models of care for complex populations with chronic illness. Prior to joining VNSNY, Ms. Raphael held executive positions at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and in New York City government. Currently, Ms. Raphael is the Vice Chair of the AARP Board of Directors. She chairs the New York eHealth Collaborative, a public-private partnership working to advance the adoption of health information technology. She is also the Chair of the Long-Term Quality Alliance, Chair of the National Quality Forum MAP Workgroup on Post Acute and Long Term Care, a strategic adviser to NCQA and was a member of New York State Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team.

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Medicare Rights Center 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.


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