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
National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
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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.