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Ensuring People with Chronic Conditions Maintain Access to Care

Resource Topic: Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Enabling Services, Policy and Advocacy, Health Equity.

Keywords: Access to Care, Health Systems, Medical legal Partnerships (MLPs).

Year Developed: 2018

Resource Type: Publication

Primary Audience: Clinicians, Enabling Staff
Secondary Audience: PCAs

Language: English

Developed by: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: This story series follows the Whitman Walker Health Center medical-legal partnership team as they helped prevent platinum insurance plans that were widely used by patients with chronic conditions from being eliminated in the D.C. Marketplace

Resource Details: Advancements in medical treatment mean that people with HIV and AIDS are living longer, healthier lives. It also means that the health center’s now 10 attorneys, two paralegals, and 15 insurance navigators play a very different role in patient care. Among other activities, they lead Whitman-Walker’s health insurance eligibility and enrollment efforts. In 2017-18, using their combined skills and expertise, Whitman Walker’s MLP helped thousands of patients maintained access to care.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.