"I will be forever grateful to Health Law Advocates and to you for supporting this organization."—Penelope Moore, whose son was denied coverage for surgery to repair his malformed chest, recounting at the annual benefit breakfast how HLA’s tenacious representation forced a reversal of the denial, allowing the surgery
"Without HLA’s help, and many, many hours put towards my appeal, I would not have gotten better health care insurance coverage. I can never thank them enough because now I’m starting to receive the health care I’ve desperately needed for years. HLA was the only one that could or would help me with my appeal, and I truly wasn’t capable of representing myself as I was told I had to. Thank you again for all you’ve done for me."—J.V., Springfield woman denied coverage for prescription medication needed to treat her mental illness
"HLA helped me fight (my) appeal with my Medicare D (plan). They denied me twice for medical coverage of (a prescription painkiller), disregarding my primary care doctor’s fruitless request that I was allergic to generic narcotics, and morphine (and) how my health depended on a long acting narcotic, leaving me in a helpless situation. HLA fought my battle for me. Now, I’m back to my old self again, running around (with) a 5 year old and a 12 year old basketball star."—M.R., 52 year old Boston grandmother who has custody of her two grandchildren
"I can’t begin to express how grateful I am to (HLA Attorney Matt Selig). Together we won a battle that looked very bleak from the beginning. Not only did we win, but it was an exception to the policies (of my son’s health insurer). I had worked very hard at researching to find the best care for my son who is very ill. We had established a solid relationship with his doctor. If we had not won, I fear to think what may have happened to my son. I will always remember what you did for us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."—P.G., mother of a 26 year old Boston man with multiple personality disorder
I benefited from the help offered by HLA, by what they were able to obtain for me to pay my bill and it has helped me not to have debt in this country. I ask the Lord to bless them and to allow them to continue helping people like me, people without family in this country. Thank you Lord for all your blessings and for putting people from HLA in my path. Many blessings to them. (translated from Spanish)—A.A., 50 year old Somerville woman left with an uncovered medical bill after emergency room treatment for a fall
"You have helped me through a very difficult time in my life. My wife died unexpectedly while I was on a 90-day waiting period for (health insurance) benefits at a job I had recently started. My wife’s treatment incurred considerable bills which I was unable to pay. I thank you very much for helping me move on with my life."
—H.S., 40 year old Woburn man left with $14,000 in doctors’ bills from care for his wife during a fatal heart attack
"HLA completely took away all the fear, worry and stress of how I was going to pay astronomical medical bills due to radiation therapy following breast cancer surgery. You were all so helpful and attentive to our needs. You took us painlessly through the process of resolving these bills. Thanks to HLA we are now free of this debt. My family and I will be forever grateful to you and I continue to thank God everyday for guiding us to you."
-J.H., a Mansfield woman left with medical debt from radiation therapy services after breast cancer surgery