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State Senator

Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Representing Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison & North Branford

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Kennedy Joins Advisory Board of The Center for Medicare Advocacy

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Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Branford) announced that he has been named to the Advisory Board of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, one of the nation’s leading healthcare advocacy and legal assistance organizations for older Americans and people with disabilities. A longtime health care lawyer and advocate for people with disabilities, Ted will work with the Center to promote access to healthcare for people in Connecticut and throughout the United States. Kennedy also serves as Vice Chair of the General Assembly’s Public Health Committee and as Chairman of the American Association of People with Disabilities.

“We are at a critical juncture in Connecticut and throughout the United States. Access to care for people with disabilities and seniors is being threatened, and all the progress made in the last few decades is at risk of being rolled back,” said Senator Kennedy. “The Center for Medicare Advocacy is an incredible organization with a proven record of advocating for expansion of healthcare access, and their work is more important today than ever before. I am proud to have been given this opportunity to work more closely as we build a health system that works for all Americans.”

“Medicare is a blessing for older people, but it’s often forgotten that almost 20 percent of people who rely on Medicare are under 65, and have significant disabilities. The Center for Medicare Advocacy is honored and grateful that state Senator Ted Kennedy has agreed to serve on our Advisory Board. His superb advocacy for people with disabilities will help shine a light on the unique needs of this younger population that looks to Medicare for coverage of necessary health care and rehabilitation,” said Judith Stein, Executive Director for the Center for Medicare Advocacy.

Since first becoming a state senator in 2015, Senator Kennedy has worked with his colleagues to introduce and pass legislation that helps more Connecticut residents receive the health care they need in a prompt and affordable way. Kennedy initiated the successful “Fast Track” approval program that has expedited approval of homecare for many Connecticut seniors, allowing them to remain at home and avoid costly hospitalizations or nursing home stays. He has also introduced and led passage of several new laws ensuring that insurance providers are clear and transparent about where a policy holder can receive the care they need rather than spending days searching for an available specialist.

The Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc., established in 1986, is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan law organization that provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain fair access to Medicare and quality health care. The Center is headquartered in Washington, DC and Connecticut, with attorneys throughout the country.

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