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.

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  • NHeLP Comments on House Passage of CHIP Reauthorization

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) issued a press release after the House of Representatives passed HR 2, which would reauthorize CHIP for two years. The release lauds the passage of the bill but cites concerns that the bill includes the Hyde Amendment that would severely limit federal funding for abortions. Elizabeth G. Taylor, executive director for NHeLP, stated, “[w]e hope that this bipartisan two-year extension is the start of a longer conversation about protecting CHIP and moving forward to fully fund the program for four more years.”

  • NHeLP Releases Statement on Republican CHIP Proposal

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) issued a press release on the discussion draft bill released by Representative Upton, Representative Pitts, and Senator Hatch. The press release notes that the Republican proposal would eliminate the maintenance of effort (MOE) provisions, allow states to shift children from Medicaid to CHIP, allow states to impose waiting periods before coverage can begin, and eliminate federal funding to cover children with family incomes above 300 percent of the federal poverty line. Elizabeth G. Taylor, executive director for NHeLP, stated, “While we welcome continued bipartisan commitment to protect and extend CHIP, we are troubled by some major provisions in the draft plan.”
  • NHeLP Outlines 2015 Priorities

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) published an e-newsletter outlining the organization’s top priorities and goals for 2015. The newsletter explains NHeLP’s goals and expectations for many issue areas, including: ACA implementation; Medicaid expansion; CHIP; and reproductive health.

  • NHeLP Publishes E-Newsletter Advocating for Age-Appropriate Sex Education

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an e-newsletter exploring how medical screenings through the Early and Period Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit could and should include sexuality education from infancy through age 20. The e-newsletter recognizes EPSDT as an opportunity for children to receive sexuality education along with comprehensive health screenings.

  • KidsWell Partners Featured in New York Times and Circulate CHIP Sign-on Letter

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    CDF, First Focus, NHeLP: KidsWell partners First Focus and Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) signed onto a letter to the editor featured in The New York Times supporting the extension of CHIP funding. In addition, First Focus, CDF, and the National Health Law Program, along with 10 other national organizations, are circulating a sign-on letter encouraging leadership in Congress to extend CHIP funding. Organizations are encouraged to add their names to the letter by October 13th.

  • NHeLP Publishes Series on Medicaid Managed Care

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a series on Medicaid Managed Care model provisions. Each issue tackles a specific aspect of  managed care, including beneficiary grievances and appeals; enrollment and disenrollment; network adequacy; accessibility and language access; and quality and transparency (forthcoming), and provides alternative model provisions for policymakers and advocates to utilize when updating regulations, contracts, and policies. 

  • NHeLP Publishes Newsletter on Medicaid Estate Recovery

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    NHeLP: In the latest issue of Lessons from California, the National Health Law Program reviews estates recovery rules for Medicaid beneficiaries who are over age 55 and seek long term care services. NHELP applauds the California legislature’s recent passage of a bill that would limit estate recovery for those 55 and over to what is federally required, prohibit the State from collecting against a surviving spouse of a Medi-Cal beneficiary, and require the State to provide the total amount of expenses paid on behalf of the beneficiary upon request and free of charge. The bill currently awaits the Governor’s signature.

  • NHeLP Makes Recommendations to Ease the Medi-Cal Application Backlog

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program, along with nearly 20 other Health Consumer Alliance partners, sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown with recommendations on how the State may alleviate the Medi-Cal application backlog.  The letter recommends: granting presumptive eligibility for applications pending longer than 45 days; providing accelerated eligibility to all children; approving pending applications if income is “reasonably compatible” with available data sources; increasing IT access for county workers; communicating directly with all pending applicants; ceasing renewals for existing beneficiaries and extending their eligibility; and educating Medi-Cal providers.  
  • NHeLP Highlights Comprehensive Medi-Cal Coverage for Pregnant Women

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program released an issue brief and infographic highlighting California’s new policy to provide the full scope of Medi-Cal benefits to pregnant women with incomes below 109% of the federal poverty level (FPL) beginning in 2015. Currently in California, only pregnant women with incomes below 60% of the FPL or who are in their third trimester and have incomes below 109% of the FPL are entitled to full Medi-Cal coverage.  In 2015, women with income between 139% and 213% of the FPL will have the option to enroll in pregnancy-related Medi-Cal, which is not comprehensive; enroll in a QHP with APTCs; or enroll in a QHP with APTCs and Medi-Cal with Medi-Cal providing premium assistance.

  • 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 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 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.

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