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Pelosi Appoints Three Health, Senior Care Leaders to Bipartisan Long-Term Care Commission

Washington, D.C. – Today, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed SCAN Foundation President Dr. Bruce Chernof, the Center for Medicare Advocacy’s Executive Director Judith Stein, and activist and philanthropist George Vrandenburg to the bipartisan Commission on Long-Term Care.  Created earlier this year as part of the American Tax Relief Act, this commission is responsible for developing a plan to establish, implement, and finance a comprehensive set of long-term care services for seniors and people with disabilities.

“Solving the challenge of long-term care is essential to ensuring the health, well-being, and economic security of our nation’s seniors and Americans with disabilities, and each of these appointees will bring deep experience, extensive expertise, and bold ideas to the work of this commission,” Leader Pelosi said.  “These three leaders will represent the interests, concerns, and voices of every family struggling to deal with issues of long-term care, and we look forward to working with them to develop a clear, comprehensive plan to tackle these challenges.”

The appointments were officially announced on the House floor earlier today. The following covers key background information on each of Leader Pelosi’s appointees:

Dr. Bruce Allen Chernof currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The SCAN Foundation, with the mission to advance the development of a sustainable continuum of care for seniors.  Prior to heading The SCAN Foundation, Dr. Chernof served as the Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services after serving as the Department’s Senior Medical Director for Clinical Affairs and Affiliations since December 2004.

Judith Stein is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.  Focused on legal representation of the elderly since beginning her legal career in 1975, Stein was the Co-Director of Legal Assistance to Medicare Patients (LAMP) where she managed the first Medicare advocacy program in the country.  She has extensive experience in developing and administering Medicare advocacy projects, representing Medicare beneficiaries, producing educational materials, teaching and consulting.  She has been lead or co-counsel in numerous federal class action and individual cases challenging improper Medicare policies and denials.

George Vrandenburg is a civic activist, philanthropist, and President of the Vrandenburg Foundation.  He founded USAgainstAlzheimer’s, a national disease advocacy network, and currently chairs the Geoffrey Beene Foundation-Alzheimer’s Initiative on early diagnosis.  Prior to December 2003, Vrandenburg served as a Strategic Advisor at AOL Time Warner, following terms in senior executive positions at AOL, AOL Time Warner, and Time Warner.  Before joining AOL, Vrandenburg worked as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CBS Inc. and Executive Vice President of Fox Inc.