Empire Justice Center
Expanding Health Care Coverage
January 2008 – December 2008DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT
This project aimed to increase health coverage by embedding legal and advocacy assistance within a community health center in upstate New York.
Health center staff members were trained on common legal issues and barriers related to health insurance. The project assisted 260 individuals with health insurance issues, enrolled 23 individuals in public health insurance, and initiated two advocacy projects targeted at systemic barriers to coverage identified by the project: a) implementation of an outreach and training plan to improve county administration of the Refugee Medical Assistance; and b) initiation of a region wide taskforce to improve transportation access for limited English proficient residents.