Founded in 1969, NHeLP protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families through advocacy, education and litigation at the federal and state levels.
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Twitter: @nhelp_org
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Primary geographic focus: National, Northern California, Southern California
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Tags: Health Care
Acronym or short name: NHeLP

Founded in 1969, the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families. NHeLP advocates, educates and litigates at the federal and state levels.

Our lawyers and policy analysts stand up for the rights of the millions of people who struggle to access affordable, quality health care. We are guided by the belief—a challenge—that each generation should live better than the last.

Health care reform offers the opportunity to substantially reduce the number of uninsured and improve access to care, including through the law’s expansion of the Medicaid program. Political and economic challenges, however, threaten these advances for millions of low-income and uninsured people.

NHeLP defends the nation’s health care safety net for those most in need and those with the fewest resources. We fight to give at-risk populations a voice in federal policy making, promote the rights of consumers in emerging managed-care systems, and advocate for creative solutions that preserve the government’s responsibility as the provider of last resort.

We are a force in the courtroom, working to ensure that low-income people and underserved communities can obtain the quality care to which they are legally entitled and holding state and federal Medicaid agencies accountable for their programs.

We have been on the front lines for over forty years, providing critical input and expertise on health care and legal issues to federal and state policymakers, advocates and the media. We amplify our impact by collaborating with national and state-based advocacy organizations and pro bono partners to ensure our work betters access to quality health care now and for years to come.

National Health Law Program (NHeLP)


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Trump administration opens door to states imposing Medicaid work requirements

Amy Goldstein
Washington Post
January 12, 2018
The Trump administration is calling Medicaid work requirements a positive "incentive" for beneficiaries, but critics say they're a harmful double standard.

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NLADA Announces Winners of the 2016 Kutak-Dodds Prizes

National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
August 12, 2016
NHeLP's Jane Perkins is recognized by NLADA for her achievement in civil legal aid.

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Medical interpreters in short supply as health coverage grows

John Gonzales
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2015
A 2015 bill is attempting create state standards for medical interpretation through federal funding.

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Amid incredible epidemic, needle exchange programs gain momentum

Lisa De Bode
Al Jazeera America
July 7, 2015
Some states have made new rules to overturn the criminalization of syringe possession and established needle exchange programs.


Access to Children’s Mental Health Services in California Focus on Medi-Cal

Nov 29, 2018
This webinar will discuss how the Medi-Cal mental health system operates, with a focus on services for children under age 21.
MCLE: 1 hour

New Dental Credit Card Advocacy Tools to Help You Help Your Clients

Dec 14, 2018
This webinar will present an overview of Medi-Cal dental covered services for both children and adults, and existing consumer protections and new tools for advocates handling dental credit card cases.
MCLE: 1 hour

Health Coverage Issues for Low Income Pregnant Women in California

Apr 13, 2016
This webinar will cover various health coverage options for pregnant women, and will also highlight ongoing barriers that pregnant women continue to have when trying to access timely, high-quality care that meets their needs.


Providing Legal Services to Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Mar 25, 2016
This webinar will help legal aid advocates better understand the range of services available to pregnant and parenting teens, as well as highlight some of the unique concerns and considerations when working with this population.
MCLE: 1.5 hours

LAAC Armchair Trainings: Senior Issues Webinar Series: Back to the Future: Non-MAGI Medi-Cal in a MAGI World

Dec 1, 2015
Discussion of eligibility for non-MAGI Medi-Cal programs.
MCLE: 1 hour

Access to Health Care in Rural California

Nov 17, 2014
Covers Health Law, Medi-Cal, and Covered California in Northern California.
MCLE: 1 hour

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