A lawyer is an important part of a patient’s healthcare team

Complementing healthcare with legal care

LegalHealth, a division of NYLAG (New York Legal Assistance Group), provides free legal assistance to New Yorkers who are experiencing serious or chronic health problems and financial hardship. We bring together legal and medical professionals to improve the lives of clients and their families where and when they need it most – in the healthcare setting. LegalHealth also develops policy benefiting those we serve. 

Social Determinants of Health

Social Determinants of Health are the non-medical circumstances that can directly affect one’s health as well as limit access to quality healthcare. Below are a few:


Lower levels of income are linked to poorer health.  We address legal issues that can improve a client’s income and increase access to affordable healthcare. 


We assist vulnerable clients with accessing home care services so they can remain in their homes longer, in a safe environment, while getting the regular care they need.


Without secure, quality housing, the risk of illness skyrockets.  That’s why we work with clients to maintain their housing and ensure that it is safe.


We work with immigrants to find a pathway to legal immigration status so they can access affordable healthcare coverage and lifesaving treatments. 


Access to health care coverage can drastically improve a person’s life and has been show to lead to better management of chronic health conditions and longer life expectancy.  That is why our work helping clients with health insurance is so important.

We solve patients’ legal needs by addressing their social determinants of health while in a healthcare setting.



LegalHealth training curriculum builds the skills that enable healthcare professionals to spot situations that could lead to legal problems before they develop.

LegalHealth shares its expertise as the largest Medical-Legal Partnerhsip in the U.S. through various reports.

When we notice a pattern of injustice we take action by policy change, legislative reform, and impact litigation. 

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