HLA in the News
MBA Annual Health Law Symposium
May 20, 2016
'Not Unlike A Mortgage': Health Care Loans Proposed For Pricey Treatments
WBUR's Common Health | 03/31/2016
What's the real cost of a "health care loan"? HLA Executive Director, Matt Selig, is quoted in this piece by WBUR's Common Health blog.
HLA, Milford Regional Medical Center to host seminar on Mental Health Parity
On March 3rd, there will be a training on mental health parity at the Milford Regional Medical Center.
Joe Kennedy takes on insurance companies over mental health denials
The Boston Globe | 12/17/2015
“Oftentimes there will be a general explanation that the services don’t meet their medical necessity criteria,” said Matt Selig, executive director of Health Law Advocates, based in Boston. “They don’t go through how the person’s medical conditions and treatment needs don’t match up with the plan’s criteria.”
Cap Lift Urged to Broaden Insurance Coverage for Children
State House News Service | 07/22/2015
Andrew Cohen, HLA staff attorney, quoted in the State House News Service.
Mental Health: The Basics
Health Law Advocates partnered with Community Catalyst to create a “Mental Health Parity: The Basics” handout that explains the Federal Mental Health Parity Law.
Foundation Grant to Help People Keep Health Coverage
Worcester Telegram | 05/11/2015
WORCESTER - The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts has awarded a six-figure grant to a nonprofit law firm trying to keep low-income local families from losing health coverage as a result of the state’s flawed enrollment system.
Pilot mental-health program at Lowell Juvenile Court helping kids
The Lowell Sun | 04/29/2015
Funded with $500,000 in private grants, the program will be run by Health Law Advocates, a public-interest law firm whose goal is to provide pro bono legal presentation to low-income residents who struggle to access medical services.
Charitable Hospitals under the ACA and Section 501
Thanks to the support of The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, HLA’s Litigation Director, Lorianne Sainsbury-Wong, spoke to legal and medical practitioners at the University of Massachusetts Medical School through the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 4-16-15 Central MA Health Care Symposium.
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Application of MHPAEA to Medicaid and CHIP
States Are Just Starting to Enforce the 2008 Mental Health Law
Governing Magazine | 04/07/2015
States haven't been enforcing laws to guarantee mental health coverage, but long-awaited federal guidelines and New York's aggressive approach could spur more to start.
Spring 2015 Docket
Read the Spring 2015 Docket here!
Health Care for Immigrants — Implications of Obama's Executive Action
The New England Journal of Medicine | 03/30/2015
Co-authored by HLA Board Member, Wendy E. Parmet, J.D.
HLA Board Member Ruth Ellen Fitch appointed to State Pension Board
New IRS Non-profit Hospital Regulations
read HLA Litigation Director, Lorianne Sainsbury-Wong's blog post that addresses changes, from the draft, to the final regulations with respect to consumer protections
Boston renames South Station for HLA Board Member and Former Governor, Michael Dukakis
See HLA Litigation Director Lorianne Sainsbury-Wong’s Nov. 7th presentation at the National Consumer Law Center’s 2014 Consumer Rights Litigation Conference
Provides an analysis of consumer medical debt under the Affordable Care Act’s new requirements for federally tax-exempt hospitals.
October 9, 2014 Hearing on merger between Beacon Health Strategies and ValueOptions
Read Executive Director, Matt Selig's testimony to the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse!
HLA Highlighted in BCBS of MA Foundation Report!
http://bluecrossfoundation.org/publication/investing-consumer-health-advocacy-through-operating-support-strengthening-voice-access | 06/19/2014
Investing in Consumer Health Advocacy Through Operating Support: Strengthening the Voice for Access 2011-2013
HLA's Laura Goodman Article Featured in Massachusetts Lawyers Journal
http://www.massbar.org/media/1476022/march2014.pdf | 06/05/2014
Final Parity Rule Strengthens Protections for Mental Health and Addiction Benefits
Staff Attorney Nancy Ryan Published in Massachusetts Lawyers Journal
The Affordable Care Act's impact on prevention: Examining access to affordable preventative health service
Executive Director Matt Selig Quoted in WBUR's CommonHealth Article
http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2014/05/few-know-mental-health-coverage | 05/21/2014
"Know Your Mental Health Coverage Rights? Probably Not, Study Finds"
Executive Director Matt Selig Interviewed for Boston Globe Parity Article
Selig was interviewed and quoted in the Nov. 9th, 2013 article, "Parity rules issued regarding coverage of mental health."
Board President Mala Rafik to Head the BBA's Lawyer Referral Service Review Committee
HLA Board President Mala Rafik, managing partner at Rosenfeld Rafik & Sullivan, has been named Chair of the Boston Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Review Committee.
Board Member Wendy Parmet published article in New England Journal of Medicine
HLA Board Member and Northeastern University School of Law Professor Wendy Parmet published "Holes in the Safety Net — Legal Immigrants' Access to Health Insurance" on August 15.
Senior Staff Atty. Clare McGorrian quoted in Public News Service
Attorney Clare McGorrian was interviewed for the August 22 article, "Health Coverage Denied? Appeals Process Unappealing, Say Advocates."
HLA founder and board member profiled for recent article
Steve Rosenfeld, HLA's beloved founder and board member, was recently profiled by Sandra Storey in the JP Observer. Learn more about Steve's impressive career and commitment to health care justice and mental health parity.
HLA's Gavriela Bogin-Farber and Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez testify on medical debt
HLA testifies at the Dept. of Public Health’s hearing on proposed closure of child psych. inpatient beds
HLA Director of Children's Mental Health Sam Leadholm testified on May 8 before the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regarding Cambridge Health Alliance’s intent to discontinue providing a substantial part of its Inpatient Pediatric Psychiatry Services at its Cambridge Hospital campus.
"Each of Us Doing Our Part in Boston After the Attacks"
Health Care For All and Health Law Advocates Available to Navigate Health Care Coverage Challenges
HLA Featured in Boston Globe Article as Resource for Victims of Marathon Bombing:
"State’s providers, hospitals to ease medical expenses"
Advocates to Urge the State to Prevent Discrimination Against those Fighting Mental Illness and Substance Use by Insurance Companies
Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy to testify in Boston
MA Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation and Rappaport Center for Law & Public Service Host "Empowering Healthcare Consumers: A Community Conversation Conference"
Want to learn about transparency tools consumers can use to take charge of their healthcare? Attend "Empowering Healthcare Consumers: A Community Conversation," presented at Suffolk University Law School on May 6.
Executive Director Matt Selig Interviewed for Cape Cod Times Article
Matt Selig was recently interviewed by the Cape Cod Times for an article entitled “Courts jump through procedural hoops in competency cases.”
Executive Director Matt Selig talks about "The Value of Legal Services for Low-Income People"
On January 28, Matt Selig joined a panel of other legal advocacy experts in "Talking About the Value of Legal Services for Low-Income People: Strategies to Expand our Vocabulary"
Executive Director Matt Selig to Present at Boston Bar Association
HLA Executive Director Matt Selig joins Torey McNamara, Research Analyst for State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, on January 22 for "An Act Preventing Unnecessary Medical Debt: Policy Goals and Prospects."