Areas of Expertise
- Benefits Access
Leslie Fried advocates for improved access to Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other public benefits for disadvantaged older adults. She also monitors policies that enhance access to health aging programs for seniors.
Prior to joining NCOA, Fried was a senior attorney with the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging. She joined the ABA in 1998 as attorney for the Medicare Advocacy Project, a collaborative effort with the Alzheimer’s Association. She specialized in Medicare issues and responded to Alzheimer’s-related Medicare inquiries from local Alzheimer’s Association chapters.
From 2001-2003, Fried was a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance Study Panel on Medicare and Chronic Care in the 21st Century. In 2003, she was selected to be a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance.
From 2005-2009, Fried was a patient advocate member of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee. She also was a member of the Continuing Care Advisory Committee for the Maryland Department of Aging.
Before joining the ABA, Fried was in private practice representing clients in various elder law and domestic relations matters. She was a staff attorney, and then managing attorney, of Legal Services for Senior Citizens of Montgomery County, MD, an Older Americans Act Title IIIB legal services program.
In 1995, the governor of Maryland appointed her as a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging.
Fried received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Supreme Court bars.