Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Ensuring People with Chronic Conditions Maintain Access to Care

Whitman-Walker Health's medical-legal partnership helped prevent platinum insurance plans that were widely used by patients with chronic illnesses from being eliminated in the D.C. Marketplace. Through advocacy with the insurance commissioner and insurance companies, thousands of patients maintained access to care....Read More

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Patients-to-Policy Story: Increasing Nutritional Supports for Newborns

When Javana Bradford took her one-month old daughter, Augyst, for a checkup at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, pediatrician Melissa Klein asked if she and her daughter were getting enough to eat. Ms. Bradford said she was having trouble adding Augyst to her Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, commonly known as food stamps. Dr. Klein referred her to Deanna White, a paralegal at the hospital’s medical-legal partnership with the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. That referral led to policy changes that helped hundreds of families enroll newborns months earlier than before, which translates to real money for child nutrition....Read More

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Patients-to-Policy Story: Keeping Children Safe From Lead Poisoning

After seeing many patients with lead poisoning who were prohibited from moving to a new home and still maintain their federal housing assistance, the medical-legal partnership at Erie Family Health Centers built a multi-state coalition that got the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to update its federal lead regulations. Now, they are working to pass a federal bill that will require lead inspections of all federally assisted housing units before families move in....Read More

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Patients to Policy Story: Eliminating Hurdles to Life Saving Medication

The moment you’re exposed to the HIV virus, a clock starts ticking. You have 72-hours to begin taking medication that greatly reduces your risk of contracting the virus, and the sooner you start taking it, the more effective it is. Whitman-Walker Health’s medical-legal partnership worked with insurance companies to remove requirements forcing Post-Exposure Prophylaxis medications to be filled by mail. By doing so, they ensured people who were exposed to the HIV virus could get the medication they needed filled at a local pharmacy within the 72-hour window when the drug can be effective in preventing the transmission of HIV....Read More