Our Team

Leading health care policy researchers, dedicated communications experts, and grassroots organizers create our effective team.

Innovators, Researchers and Doers

Led by veteran of Congress, Allyson Y. Schwartz, Better Medicare Alliance and our team drives the future of health care forward through data-driven evidence and research supporting Medicare Advantage. As the leading voice on Medicare Advantage, Better Medicare Alliance’s staff, board of directors and council of scholars are nimble and skilled, driving innovative solutions forward for Medicare.

Our Staff

Our in-house staff manages the day-to-day operations of the coalitions, ranging from organizing our grassroots supporters to setting vision, writing policy and attending hill briefings.

PRESIDENT & CEO
Allyson Y. Schwartz, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania who served from 2005-2015, is a nationally recognized leader on health care issues. Throughout her professional life she has worked on issues such as affordability, prevention, primary care, coordinated care, and increased access to coverage. Having worked as a health service executive, Schwartz was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate...
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Chief of Staff
Robin Goracke has nearly two decades of health care policy experience in both the public and private sectors. Robin served as a legislative analysist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Office of Secretary, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Legislation under both Secretary Sebelius and Secretary Burwell. Among her many responsibilities, Robin’s main policy areas of...
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Director of Communications
Adjoa Adofo brings a decade of strategic communications and health public affairs experience, both on and off the Hill. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as Communications Director for Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Seniors and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In her role, Adofo managed communications and media relations strategies on issues such...
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Director of Policy
James Michel is the Director of Policy at Better Medicare Alliance and has almost 10 years in health care policy analysis and consulting. Prior to BMA, James was a Senior Director at the American Health Care Association, the nation’s largest trade association representing post-acute and long-term care providers, where he managed much of the association’s Medicare and health information technology policy analysis and research....
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Director of Government Affairs
Peter Stein has more than 10 years of experience in government, political, and policy organizations, and has a wide range of expertise in health care. Prior to BMA, he held senior government relations roles with the American Podiatric Medical Association, PhRMA and the nation’s largest association representing professional benefits specialists. In these capacities Peter helped lead the organizations’ legislative strategy, policy development and political...
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Senior Policy Associate
Amanda Hurley is the Senior Policy Associate at the Better Medicare Alliance. She was most recently a Policy Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Before that, she served as the Legislative Director for Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36). She was the Western Research Director at the DCCC in 2012 and the Research Director for the Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico Diane Denish in...
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Administrative Manager
Kristen Voyvodich is the Administrative Manager at Better Medicare Alliance. Before working at Better Medicare Alliance, Kristen worked at AIPAC in the Marketing, Creative and Events department, where she was part of the Event Operations team, working on large scale national and regional events. She holds two Masters degrees one in Drama and Movement Therapy from University of London and one in Shakespeare Studies...
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Our Board of Directors

Made up of those in the tops of their fields, our Board advises the coalition, provides insight to breaking Medicare news, and supports our allies in their work to protect MA.

President and CEO, National Minority Quality Forum
Gary A. Puckrein is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Minority Quality Forum. Dr. Puckrein also serves as Executive Director of the Alliance of Minority Medical Associations—a collaborative effort of the Asian and Pacific Physicians’ Association, the Association of American Indian Physicians, and the National Medical Association. In 1998 he founded the Forum’s predecessor program (the National Minority Health Month Foundation) to...
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Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, Emory University
Kenneth E. Thorpe, Ph.D., is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He is a former professor of health policy and administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harvard, Columbia, and Tulane Universities; and former deputy assistant secretary at the U.S....
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President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association
Dr. Elena Rios is President & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, (NHMA), representing Hispanic physicians in the United States. She is also President of NHMA's National Hispanic Health Foundation affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, to direct educational and research activities. In 2006, Dr. Rios was appointed to the Minority Alumni Hall of Fame...
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Featured Research

Improving Consumer Understanding of Medicare Advantage

In December 2017, Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) brought together a group of approximately 50 thought leaders—including beneficiary advocates, researchers, health plans, practitioners, community partners,...
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