Ali Bers assists the Center with its federal litigation on issues affecting Medicare beneficiaries. She has litigated several class actions addressing policies and practices that improperly deny Medicare coverage or block fair access to the administrative appeals system. Ms. Bers also represents individuals who have been denied Medicare coverage for medically necessary care, and frequently speaks and writes on Medicare topics. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Bers was an elder law attorney in private practice, and before that she was a staff attorney at Western Massachusetts Legal Services (now Community Legal Aid). At Legal Services, she assisted low-income clients with public benefits and represented Medicare beneficiaries as part of the Massachusetts Medicare Advocacy Project. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Robert N. Chatigny of the U.S. District Court in Connecticut. Ms. Bers is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and serves on the Board of Directors of Square One, a non-profit provider of early education and child care based in Springfield, Massachusetts. She graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School.