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.

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, primary care, coordinated care, and increased access to coverage. Having worked as a health service executive, Schwartz was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in...
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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 Policy & Research
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 and Alliance Engagement
Having spent over a decade working on health policy and political strategy in both the public and private sectors, Lisa Hunter joins Better Medicare Alliance as the Director of Government Affairs. Hunter combines her Medicare policy expertise, consulting background, and public service experience to drive legislative and regulatory strategy, as well as lead Better Medicare Alliance’s recruitment and engagement efforts with Ally organizations. Prior...
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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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Advocacy Manager
Daniella Chambers is the Advocacy Manager at Better Medicare Alliance. Before working at Better Medicare Alliance, Daniella served as the Intervention Program Coordinator for an LGBTQ Community Center in Houston, Texas. In this role, she oversaw evidence-based programs on low-income housing, health education, and women's community services. Daniella holds a Master's degree in Public Health with focus in Community Health Practice from the University...
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Health Policy Analyst
Jeremiah McCoy is the Health Policy Analyst at Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) and brings policy experience ranging from Capitol Hill to academia. Prior to BMA, Jeremiah was a Research Consultant at the National Pharmaceutical Council, a health policy research trade association, where he worked on critical issues within the biopharmaceutical industry. Before that, Jeremiah was a Legislative Fellow at the U.S. Senate Committee on...
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Communications Associate
Natalia Gonzalez graduated from American University with a Bachelor's of Art degree in Public Relations & Strategic Communication and minor in Marketing in May 2018. Before her position as Communication Associate, she was the communication intern at Better Medicare Alliance for six months. She has over five years of experience in social media management. Previously, she interned at NBC Washington in the promotion &...
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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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Medicare Advantage Summit 2019

The Summit is the only event that brings together plans, providers, patients and government to improve quality, cost and access in medicare advantage.

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