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Toby S. Edelman, Esq.,

Senior Policy Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.

Toby S. Edelman has been representing older people in long-term care facilities since 1977. As a Senior Policy Attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc., Ms. Edelman provides training, research, policy analysis, consultation, and litigation support relating to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Under two grants from the Commonwealth Fund, she evaluated the federal nursing home survey and enforcement system and its impact on state activities and provided technical assistance to states on effective enforcement practices. Since September 1999, she has written a monthly newsletter on nursing home enforcement issues. A member of the Assisted Living Workgroup, she co-wrote Policy Principles for Assisted Living (April 2003).  
Ms. Edelman was the lead attorney for a statewide class of nursing facility residents who successfully challenged the state of California’s refusal to implement the federal Nursing Home Reform Law (Valdivia v. California Department of Health Services). As a beneficiary representative, Ms. Edelman has testified before Congress and served on federal task forces and working groups on nursing home issues. She has spoken at national conferences sponsored by the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, ombudsman, and other national and state organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
Ms. Edelman received a B.A. from Barnard College (1968), an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (1969), and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center (1974).