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Appeal Rights under Commercial Health Plans

The Affordable Care Act significantly expands the rights of consumers to appeal denials of coverage by commercial plans. As part of HLA’s National Health Reform Initiative, the Commercial Insurance Appeals Program investigates private health plan denials and represents individuals in disputes with private health plans. HLA attorneys also provide substantial guidance, including a comprehensive appeals guide and individualized recommendations, so that consumers may challenge health plan decisions on their own.  

This is a wonderful opportunity for HLA Pro Bono Legal Network attorney and other attorneys to learn about new consumer protections that will help them better represent clients in health insurance appeals. 

Please join us on:

Friday, June 6, 2014
8:30- 11:00am
Offices of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Seaport West
155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210

8:30 - 9:00am  Registration, Networking & Complimentary Light Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00am   Program

Program Topics Include:

  • Consumer rights under commercial health plans, with a particular focus on the member appeals process available to consumers who wish to challenge a health plan’s denial of coverage
  • Discussion of how recently adopted state and federal laws have changed the landscape for consumers enrolled in commercial health plans
  • Case studies to illustrate barriers consumers face and to identify legal strategies and practical approaches for patients and advocates to secure health care access

Contact Samantha Roy at 617-275-2881 or to RSVP and for training materials.


Previous Trainings 

Judicial Appeals of Health Care Agency Rullings: Challenging Administrative Decisions by Medicaid (MassHealth) and Commonwealth Care in Superior Court Under MGL Chapter 30A

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Foley & Lardner LLP
111 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02199

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration/complimentary light breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Program Topics include:

  • *Prefiling - when is a 30A appeal your best bet?
  • *30A Filing - paperwork, service of process, deadlines and more
  • *Open panel discussion - advanced topics in 30A appeals

Representing Clients with Medical Debt

June 25, 2008

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

HLA 9th Floor Conference Room, 30 Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108

Topics include:

  • Intake/Investigation Procedure for a Medical Debt CaseNegotiating Payment Plans
  • Finding a 3rd Party Payer
  • Enrolling clients in programs for state benefits
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Attorney General’s Collection Practices Regulations
  • Health Care Finance and Policy Regulations
  • Claims under Chapter 93A

Talking Shop Training: Insurance Coverage and Coverage Appeals for Consumers

June 14, 2007

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Offices of Holland & Knight LLP,

Topics Include:

  • Public Insurance Coverage Options
  • Private Insurance Coverage Options
  • Health Reform Coverage Options
  • Appealing MassHealth Coverage Denials
  • Appealing Private Insurance Coverage Denials


Children’s Legal Rights to Mental Health Services

February 8, 2007

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Leominster District Court

Topics Include:

  • Children’s entitlements to mental health services under MassHealth  
  • Accessing mental health services for children: Overcoming obstacles
  • Supplementing MassHealth services with other agency services
  • Impact of 2006 Mass. Health Care Reform Law on Children with Mental Health Needs 


Massachusetts’ Health Care Reform Law 2006

Sponsored by HLA, Unum Provident and Bowditch & Dewey LLP

June 21, 2006

8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                       

Unum Provident, Worcester, MA

Topics Include:

  • Health Care Reform Overview
  • Health Reform Basics for Consumers
  • Nuts and Bolts of Health Reform for Employers
  • How Providers Will Be Affected by the New Law