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Bonnie Burns

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Bonnie Burns

Training and Policy Specialist Consultant
California Health Advocates
consumer advocacy for Medicare patients
insurance advocacy at the state and county levels
counseling and education for senior citizens with Medicare
federally mandated Medigap plans
consumer representation for health insurance


Bonnie Burns is a training and policy specialist consultant for California Health Advocates, a nonprofit organization working on education and advocacy efforts on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries and the pre-retirement population in California. Burns is a consumer advocate with more than two decades of experience working with county and state counseling programs. She assists seniors with Medicare, Medicare supplemental insurance and long-term care insurance. She also has served as a consumer representative on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' (NAIC) working group charged with developing 10 standard Medigap plans required by federal legislation. She continues to serve as one of NAIC's consumer representatives and serves on the board of the NAIC Consumer Participation Program. In addition to consulting for programs and agencies throughout California, she has also worked for United Seniors Health Cooperative in Washington, D.C.; Health Economics Research in Waltham, Mass.; the AARP Public Policy Institute; and Families U.S.A.

21 Locke Way
Scotts Valley  California  95066
United States
Office Phone: 
(831) 438-6677
Office Fax: 
(831) 438-2447


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