Legal Aid Advocate (Southern California, Southwestern California)

Staff attorney in NHeLP's Los Angeles office whose work concentrates on health justice.

Cori Racela is a staff attorney in NHeLP’s Los Angeles office. Previously she was the Associate Director of Policy & Litigation with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, where she was also a staff attorney for 2 years in NLSLA’s Health Consumer Center.  Her work focused on health justice, including benefits eligibility, access to care in both public and private health systems, and medical debt.

Cori led NLSLA’s efforts on Affordable Care Act implementation through individual advocacy, community education and trainings, policy work, and impact litigation.  She worked closely with the Los Angeles County to ensure the fair, accurate, and humane administration of Medicaid (called “Medi-Cal” in California) benefits.  At the state level Cori is involved with the California State Medicaid Agency’s stakeholder process charged with overseeing the statewide implementation of the ACA and overcoming the challenges in healthcare access across the state.  Cori has engaged in litigation challenging the Medi-Cal application backlog (in which 170,000 people were awaiting for Medi-Cal eligibility determinations) and the failure to translate Medi-Cal renewal forms and to notify recipients of their rights to reinstate benefits.

Cori was featured as a Rising Star in the Valley Lawyer Journal of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association where she shared her passion for social justice and health advocacy.  Cori received a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law and her B.A. from Harvard University.

Cori Racela

Tags: Community Outreach: Health Care, Health Care
Links: Bio | (Current as of: December 4, 2015)


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

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