Deborah Estes

Director of Policy and Research

Deborah Estes joined Better Medicare Alliance as its Director of Policy and Research in early 2020, bringing nearly a decade of Medicare compliance and operational expertise to the role.

Previously, Estes was the Director of Medicare Programs and Quality for PerformRx, a pharmacy benefits manager serving Medicare Part D plans. Estes also served a six-year tenure at Evolent Health, a medical technology company focusing on value-based care services and payment solutions, culminating in a role as Associate Director of Medicare and Medicaid Operations. There, Estes was responsible for reviewing all major Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations and implementing operational changes stemming from CMS guidance.

Earlier in her career, Estes served as a Medicare Quality Assurance Analyst for Catamaran, a pharmacy benefits manager now part of Optum. Estes began her health care career in 2011 as a Benefits Specialist for Health Advocate, a Pennsylvania-based firm helping beneficiaries navigate complex health coverage options.

Estes is a Connecticut native and a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY. She received her Master of Science degree from Marymount University in Arlington, VA.