Kevin Beagan - Mr. Beagan is the Deputy Commissioner of the Health Care Access Bureau and Director of the State Rating Bureau. On behalf of Insurance Commissioner Nonnie Burnes, Mr. Beagan oversees the regulation of insurance products, including all individual long-term care insurance products, offered in the Commonwealth.
Joe Bellil - Mr. Bellil is the Vice President of Public Affairs at Easter Seals. As a person with a disability, Mr. Bellil brings life experience with long term supports and services to the Committee. He currently is a member of the PCA Workforce Council and is involved with grassroots/community-based activities with Independent Living Centers in the Commonwealth.
Bruce Bullen - Mr. Bullen is the interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim, one of New England's largest non-profit managed health care organizations. Previously, Mr. Bullen was Massachusetts Medicaid Director, and Commissioner of the Division of Medical Assistance, an independent state agency. Mr. Bullen served in Massachusetts State government for over twenty years. He worked for six years in the Executive Office of Human Services, serving as budget director and director of contracts, and served as budget director for the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means.
Sheldon Bycoff - Mr. Bycoff is the Founder and President of Mental Health Programs, Inc., a service provider that develops cutting edge supportive housing for low-income individuals with special needs, including the elderly and individuals with physical or mental disabilities. MHPI's motto is Creating Housing, Supporting Lives. Mr. Bycoff has worked in the behavioral health field since the early 1970s and was actively involved in deinstitutionalization efforts.
Marc Cohen, Ph.D. - Dr. Cohen is the President of LifePlans, Inc., a long-term care insurance services, risk management and research company. The company provides underwriting, clinical and care management support to insurance companies and health plans serving older populations. Over his 20 year career at LifePlans, Dr. Cohen has consulted widely to the long-term care and health insurance industry and implemented new and innovative risk management programs affecting elderly populations. Through his research, he has published widely on issues related to long-term care financing.
Jessica Costantino - Ms. Costantino is the Director of Advocacy at AARP Massachusetts, a nonprofit membership organization for people age 50 and over. From AARP's perspective, a number of issues important to elders are tied to long-term care, including health care, economic security, and consumer issues.
Dean Denniston - Mr. Denniston is the former Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Mr. Denniston has an extensive history in public sector human resource management, including disability and aging related anti-discrimination and accommodation concerns and benefits management. He has both a strong interest in, as well as personal experience with the importance of long term supports available to individuals with disabilities. He currently is retired.
Mike Fadel - Mr. Fadel is Executive Vice President for 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, a 300,000 member healthcare local union stretching from Boston to Washington, D.C. He leads the union's Massachusetts Division which includes 32,000 hospital, nursing home, and home care workers statewide. Mr. Fadel began his career 32 years ago as a healthcare worker in a nursing home with very little training. This experience helped to shape his interest in healthcare workforce development and support and he became an SEIU union steward at Harvard Community Health Plan in Boston. Since 1991 he has worked as an organizer, negotiator, organizing director, and local union director for SEIU healthcare locals and has led career ladder and education committees as well as joint labor-management committees in the union.
Len Fishman - Mr. Fishman is the President and CEO of Hebrew SeniorLife, which has seven sites in the Greater Boston area providing a continuum of services for elders. Hebrew SeniorLife's Institute for Aging Research is the largest gerontological research facility in an applied setting in the country. Mr. Fishman also is a past President of American Association of Homes and Services of the Aging and served as Commissioner of Health and Senior Services in New Jersey.
Mary E. Grant - Representative Grant is the State Representative from the Sixth Essex District. She is Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. She is a registered nurse in MA and holds two degrees from Boston College, B.S. Nursing and M.S. Community Health Nursing. Previously, she was a practicing child/adolescent psychiatric nurse /clinical specialist working for DMH for 14 years and in private practice for 14 years. Currently, she is the Chair of the North Shore Housing Action Group Advisory Council and serves on the boards of two housing organizations on the north shore. She has served in the legislature since 2003, having also served on the following committees: Ways and Means, Revenue, Public Health, Housing, Human Services, Community Development and Small Business, Children Families and Persons with Disabilities.
Ann L. Hartstein* - Ms. Hartstein is the Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. She is concerned about elder economic security and meeting the need for long term supports and services. Ms. Hartstein previously served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans, a state-wide advocacy group for seniors.
Patricia Jehlen - Sen. Jehlen is the Chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs. Senator Jehlen has a long-standing commitment to the issue of improving long-term care services and financing for seniors and people with disabilities. In addition to her professional experience, Senator Jehlen has experience as a family caregiver.
Phil Johnston - Mr. Johnston is the Board Chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation and President of Philip W. Johnston Associates. Previously, Mr. Johnston served as Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Commonwealth. He is interested in strengthening the infrastructure for long term supports and services for the elderly and people with disabilities, and believes that it is an economic issue, as well as a health issue.
Paul Lanzikos - Mr. Lanzikos is the President of Mass Home Care, an organization of 30 Area Agencies on Aging, and is the Executive Director of North Shore Senior Services. Mr. Lanzikos previously served as the Secretary of Elder Affairs in Massachusetts. Mr. Lanzikos has been working on long-term care and aging issues for 37 years.
Kevin Mahoney - Dr. Mahoney is a Professor at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Dr. Mahoney is the director of the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services. Additionally, he was the National Program Director for the Cash & Counseling program as well as the original director of the Long-term Care Partnership programs in Connecticut and California.
Tom Manning - Mr. Manning is the Deputy Chancellor for Commonwealth Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Commonwealth Medicine is the public, non-profit consulting and service organization founded by the Medical School. Government agencies, non-profits and managed care organizations benefit from Commonwealth Medicine's expertise in clinical service delivery, health care financing strategies, clinical policy management, health care reform and policy, and quality improvement.
Bob Master - Dr. Master is a practicing primary care physician and the President & CEO of Commonwealth Care Alliance, a not-for-profit senior care organization and Medicare Advantage special needs plan. Dr. Master served as the Medical Director of the Massachusetts Medicaid program from 1985-1988. Dr. Master began his work 35 years ago as the first physician at Uphams Corner Community Health Center in Dorchester.
Jean McGuire* - Dr. McGuire is the Assistant Secretary for Disability Policy and Programs at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services where she oversees disability related policies across the Secretariat and directly administers six state disability agencies. Dr. McGuire has over thirty years experience in disability, long term care and public health policy and program administration in both the public and private sectors. Prior to coming to her current role, Dr. McGuire served for four years as Senior Clinical Professor at the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University and from 1997 - 2003 she was Assistant Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Scott Plumb - Mr. Plumb is the Senior Vice-President, Massachusetts Senior Care Association. Mr. Plumb has worked in elder services administration and policy development for more than 36 years, equally divided between home and community-based care and facility-based care.
Rachel Richards* is the Executive Office of Elder Affairs' Assistant Secretary for Institutional, Residential, and Day Programs including administration of the Home Care Program. Ms. Richards began her career in the state legislature, later moving to MassHealth where she continues to provide essential long-term care services for the elderly and people with disabilities of all ages. Ms. Richards is representing Terry Dougherty, MA Medicaid Director, on the Committee.
Elissa Sherman, Ph.D. - Dr. Sherman is the President of the Massachusetts Aging Services Association (MassAging), a membership association representing the continuum of not-for-profit aging service providers in Massachusetts. MassAging works to enhance its members' ability to meet the housing and health care needs of the Commonwealth's aging population with the aim that individuals get the services they need, when they need them, in the place they call home. MassAging has worked closely with its national affiliate, the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), to promote AAHSA's proposal to finance long term care needs through a national insurance trust.
David Stevenson - Dr. Stevenson is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Stevenson's research focuses generally on long-term care quality and financing. He recognizes that States have typically been the engines of LTC policy reform and that this Committee has the opportunity to guide change.
Amy Weinstock - Ms. Weinstock is a policy advocate for younger children with disabilities. Ms. Weinstock currently is advocating at the state level for medical insurance coverage for for children with autism.
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