Press Release             

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Paul Precht
Director of Policy and Communications
202-637-0961

Akiko Takano
Deputy Director of Communications
212-204-6214

February 18, 2010

Scott Thomas Joins Medicare Rights Center as Director of Education

New York, NY—The Medicare Rights Center has hired Scott Thomas as its new director of education. Thomas brings 20 years of experience in public health education to Medicare Rights’s education initiatives, which provide consumers, caregivers and health professionals with usable information about Medicare coverage options. One of its main education tools is Medicare Interactive (www.medicareinteractive.org), an award-winning web-based resource that provides easy-to-understand answers to Medicare questions.

Thomas has worked in both the nonprofit and commercial sectors, designing tobacco cessation programs tailored to a wide variety of populations, including prisoners and pregnant women with limited incomes. He has trained professionals—physicians, nurses and case workers among them—to effectively implement the programs. He has also led workshops for groups across the country on the sustainability of quality improvements, and is in the process of developing a toolkit and journal article on this topic.

“Scott’s extensive experience in educating both providers and consumers about public health issues is a perfect fit with our mission,” said Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center. “We look forward to working with him to strengthen our educational messages and expand our outreach.”

Thomas holds a doctorate in education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Medicare Rights is a national nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling, educational programs and public policy initiatives.

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