Specialized funding allows LegalHealth to make an impact in communities with special needs.
A cancer diagnosis often times gives rise to a myriad of legal issues, adding unnecessary stress to patients trying to focus on their health. LegalHealth attorneys help cancer patients resolve obstacles surrounding their health insurance or access to care; advise patients on their eligibility for disability benefits through their employer, their Social Security account or Supplemental Security Insurance; counsel patients on their right to take time off from work or request work place accommodations; strategize with patients on how to manage their often increasing debt; and assist patients with important advance planning needs, including health care decision making and future care and custody of their children.
Maternal and Newborn Health
LegalHealth helps mothers resolve legal challenges with housing, domestic violence, disability, immigration status, education and access to government benefits.
When a patient is seriously or chronically ill their legal needs often go unmet. LegalHealth’s palliative care outreach seeks to meet those needs. LegalHealth assists patients with advance planning for health care decisions, custody issues and financial matters.
SSI/SSDI Application Assistance Project
To overcome the high denial rate of SSI and SSDI applications, LegalHealth has a dedicated paralegal who assists clients with their applications. LegalHealth obtains all of the client’s medical records, ensures the doctor’s questionnaire is completed, fills out the application with the client and submits the package to Social Security.
Survivors of Torture
LegalHealth assists patients of Bellevue Hospital’s Survivors of Torture Clinic and Libertas Center for Human Rights at Elmhurst Hospital seeking political asylum. We partner with health care professionals to ensure that asylum applications are supported by medical records, psychological evaluations, and affidavits from social service providers.
LegalHealth provides services to veterans and their families receiving services at VA NY Harbor Healthcare System in Manhattan and the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, as well as in LegalHealth’s other hospital sites, addressing the special legal and psychosocial challenges faced by this population. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which is dedicated to ensuring that impacted post 9-11 veterans, service members, and their families are thriving long after they return home.