National Health Law Program

Founded in 1969, the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families. The oldest nonprofit of its kind, NHeLP advocates, educates and litigates at the federal and state levels. NHeLP’s lawyers and policy analysts stand up for the rights of the millions of people who struggle to access affordable, quality health care.

  • KidsWell Partners Issue Statements In Support of CHIP Reauthorization Legislation

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    CDF, NHeLP & CA: The Children’s Defense Fund, the National Health Law Program, and The Children’s Partnership each issued statements supporting Senator Jay Rockefeller’s introduction of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Extension Act of 2014.  The legislation seeks to extend CHIP through 2019.
  • NHeLP Brief Highlights Medi-Cal Renewal Challenges

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) published a one-pager outlining its concerns with California’s plan to move forward with renewing coverage for hundreds of thousands of Medi-Cal beneficiaries despite the current workload demands on Medi-Cal eligibility workers and the on-going IT system challenges.
  • NHeLP Publishes Medicaid State Plan Amendments Issue Brief

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue brief on ACA-related State Plan Amendments (SPAs).  The advocates’ brief highlights important policy decisions under the SPAs.
  • CCF & NHeLP To Host State Partner Call on Pregnant Women Coverage

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    CCF & NHeLP:  The Georgetown Center for Children and Families, the National Health Law Program, and the National Women’s Law Center will co-host a State Partner call on June 17, 2014 to discuss coverage for pregnant women under the ACA.
  • Know Your SEPs! NHeLP Releases Issue Brief on Special Enrollment Periods

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program released an issue brief  reviewing the rules related to special enrollment periods (SEPs). The issue brief explains who may qualify for an SEP and how to apply for coverage outside of the Open Enrollment Period. 

  • CCF To Host May State Partner Call on Network Adequacy

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    CCF & NHeLP: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families will host a State Partner call on May 20, 2014 to discuss network adequacy rules across Medicaid, CHIP and marketplaces.  The National Health Law Program will serve as a subject matter expert during the webinar.   
  • Children Now and NHeLP Applaud New Medi-Cal Continuity of Care Website

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    NHeLP & CA: Children Now and the National Health Law Program, in collaboration with other health advocacy groups, assisted the Department of Health Care Services with the development of a Continuity of Care webpage to support the State’s transition of Medi-Cal beneficiaries into managed care plans.  

  • NHeLP Highlights Medi-Cal Coverage for Former Foster Youth

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a brief on Medi-Cal eligibility for former foster youth under the ACA.  The brief highlights states’ obligations to provide Medicaid coverage to former foster youth until age 26 and California’s approach to implementation, including the decision to extend Medi-Cal coverage to former foster youth from other states.   

  • NHeLP Highlights Pediatric Dental Coverage in Covered California

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a brief on pediatric dental coverage in California’s Exchange.  The brief highlights the Exchange’s decision to shift from only offering stand-alone dental plans in 2014 to offering health plans with embedded pediatric dental benefits in 2015.
  • NHeLP Reviews Impact of Medicaid Premiums and Cost Sharing

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a literature review on Medicaid premiums and cost sharing and the impact on enrollment, service utilization, and health status.

  • NHeLP Debriefs on Premium Assistance and 1115 Waivers to Expand Medicaid

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    NHeLP: In its March newsletter, the National Health Law Program reviewed Arkansas and Iowa’s use of premium assistance and section 1115 demonstration waivers to expand Medicaid. 

  • NHeLP Examines California’s Approach to Extend Medi-Cal Coverage to Former Foster Youth

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) published a fact sheet highlighting California’s strategies to extend Medi-Cal coverage to former foster youth and its decision to cover former foster youth from other states.

  • NHeLP Publishes Updated Advocate’s Guide to MAGI

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) updated The Advocate’s Guide to MAGI, first published in October 2013. The revisions include: updated IRS tax filing thresholds and exemption amounts; a revised section on when Veterans Affairs benefits are considered as part of MAGI; an expanded discussion and examples of married, separated and divorced couples; and a new section describing the differing rules for establishing the applicable Federal Poverty Level (FPL) in both Marketplace and Medicaid eligibility determinations. 

  • NHeLP Releases Issue Brief on California’s Streamlined Application

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) published an issue brief highlighting: advocates’ involvement in developing California’s streamlined paper application; delays implementing the interface between Covered California and Medi-Cal’s eligibility systems; and opportunities for advocates’ participation to continue to improve California’s enrollment systems.

  • National Health Law Program Issues Resources on EPSDT Services for Medicaid-Eligible Children

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) issued two resources on the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) service for Medicaid-eligible children and youth:

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