Mary T. (Terry) Berthelot joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy in 2001, where she is now a Senior Attorney in the Connecticut office. She received her Masters degree in social work (MSW) from Syracuse University in 1993, after which she designed, implemented, and then coordinated a Joint Commission Accredited hospice program in the state of Mississippi. Finding herself fascinated by the legal and ethical questions surrounding death and dying, Ms. Berthelot pursued a law degree, graduating cum laude from the University of Mississippi Law School. At Ole Miss, she interned at the Mississippi Office of Capital Post-Conviction Defense Counsel, and won the following awards: the Christopher P. Charlton Memorial Scholarship; the Law Association for Women Award; and the Outstanding Student Award for Political and Civil Rights.
Currently a Senior Attorney at the Center, Ms. Berthelot provides legal advice and representation to Medicare beneficiaries who have been unfairly denied Medicare coverage or access to health care, writes articles for national publications, produces educational materials, presents educational programs, with a particular focus on the Medicare hospice benefit, and is a contributing author to the Medicare Handbook (Aspen Publishers, Inc. 13th Edition, 2012, Update Annual). Ms. Berthelot also helps lead the organization’s direct legal assistance work, training for the Connecticut CHOICES program, and assists with the Center’s federal class action lawsuits challenging improper Medicare policies.
Ms. Berthelot is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). She is a past chair, and current member of, NAELA's Health Care section's steering committee.