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Chuck Bell

Chuck Bell is Programs Director for Consumers Union, the policy and action division of Consumer Reports, a national nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y. Mr. Bell works closely with Consumers Union's advocacy offices in California, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C., on a wide range of consumer policy issues, including health insurance reform, patient safety, and prescription drugs. Over his 26 years at Consumers Union, Mr. Bell has worked on a wide range of partnerships and grant-funded projects to expand health information for consumers on issues such as preventive services, nursing homes, Medicare supplement insurance, external grievance programs, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements. Mr. Bell also engages in direct advocacy in New York and other northeastern states for Consumers Union’s advocacy campaigns. As part of this work, he helped pass New York’s new protections against surprise out-of-network bills in 2014, and is currently working to enact similar legislation in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. From 1995 to 2005, Mr. Bell served as the New York staff person for Consumers Union’s Charitable Health Assets Project, which worked to provide public oversight of conversions of nonprofit health corporations to for-profit companies, and to hold nonprofit health insurers and hospitals accountable to their social missions. Mr. Bell currently serves as chair of the board of directors of Nonprofit Quarterly, a nonprofit journal and online news service based in Boston. He also serves on the boards of Fair Health and NYSERDA, New York’s energy research and development agency, as well as on the steering committees of Health Care for All New York and New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage. Mr. Bell is co-author of “Covering the Health of Local Nursing Homes,” published by the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism in 2009.