Health Law and Policy Clinic

Health Law and Policy Clinic

Maximum Enrollment: 8 Students
6-credit course (satisfies the Writing II and Skills requirements)

Students in the Health Law and Policy Clinic represent elderly individuals who need legal assistance in accessing health care benefits under Medicaid and other government programs.

Students conduct one or more seminars and open legal clinics in the local community for elders and also run the biweekly legal services clinic at a New York City hospital as part of the Clinic’s medical-legal partnership arrangement with the hospital.

Individual client representation may involve:

  • filing a Medicaid grievance or appeal,
  • submitting a Medicaid spend-down request,
  • establishing a supplemental needs trust,
  • general advice on Medicaid benefits, or
  • other planning for long-term care.

As part of the medical-legal partnership, students work with the hospital staff to identify issues with access to care and to problem-solve to find legal, medical and social solutions to impediments to appropriate care for the elderly.

Students also are part of a collaboration with the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy program that offers advice and counsel on advance directives and provide support to the Gitenstein Health Hotline, which provides information and referrals for advance care decision-making and other health-related issues.

Students also provide health regulatory advice, including advice on HIPAA compliance, to a nonprofit community health organization that provides free health screenings to an immigrant population in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.