National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy


Bethany J. Lilly, J.D.


Bethany Lilly is the Deputy Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. She works primarily on federal policy impacting people with mental illnesses, with particular focus on health care, including Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Lilly serves as a co-chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Health Task Force and represents the Bazelon Center on other national coalitions, promoting and advocating for the needs and rights of people with mental illnesses. Prior to joining the Bazelon Center, Ms. Lilly was a law clerk with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions where she worked on Medicaid, pharmaceutical regulation, and civil rights issues. Ms. Lilly also worked as a legal fellow at the Center for Medicare Advocacy, where she researched and wrote about the Affordable Care Act and Medicare. She was a co-recipient of the 2014 National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys' John J. Regan Writing Award for her article discussing long-term Medicare financing issues. While completing her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, Ms. Lilly worked at the AIDS Policy Project advocating on behalf of people living with HIV in North Carolina and the Southeast. Ms. Lilly received her B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles. 


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