Berkley Crain, Public Benefits Specialist
As Public Benefits Specialist, Berkley Crain covers a lot of ground. She is trained in TennCare policy and procedures that govern eligibility for Long-Term Services & Supports. She works alongside the firm’s attorneys and Elder Care Coordinators to help clients meet eligibility criteria, thus serving as a liaison between clients and the government. She is responsible for submitting Medicaid applications, advocating on behalf of clients with TennCare workers, coordinating Medicaid billing with nursing home facilities, and advising clients on how to manage their benefits once approved. She plays a similar role with Veterans Affairs benefits, Medicare benefits, and Social Security benefits.
Berkley was born in Pennsylvania. When she was six, her father’s career moved the family to Belgium where she attended an international school and became fluent in French. She graduated with a degree in Psychology and Pre-med from Emory University, with ambition to pursue work at the intersection of public policy and healthcare. “I was and still am interested in the factors that influence access to healthcare and opportunity for wellness,” she remembers. “I found myself drawn to advocacy work as a field dually concerned with client-specific needs and public health issues.”
Before joining Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law, Berkley worked as a medical assistant in a hospital surgery department in Huntsville, Alabama and interned with the Tennessee Commission on Aging & Disability in Nashville where she provided research support for the Elder Abuse Task Force. She also worked as a coordinator for the Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), where she counseled Medicare beneficiaries on health insurance decisions.
In her spare time, Berkley enjoys life in East Nashville. “I love living in an area that is both historic and ever changing,” says Berkley. She feels fortunate to have great music venues and dining within walking distance. She has also enjoyed living in a centrally located city that has allowed her to travel the South.
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