In an era of lawsuits and litigation, is it possible to get doctors, social workers, and lawyers to work as team to help patients resolve legal issues that arise during a time of illness? An innovative approach called Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) proves that it is. And legislators and practitioners agree - Governor Cuomo recently signed a law to make New York the first state to formally sanction Medical Legal Partnerships.
MLPs are programs in which health care providers and attorneys work together onsite at medical facilities to identify and resolve the legal issues that affect vulnerable patients’ health and well-being. They help patients navigate complex legal challenges and address basic needs related to housing, health insurance, employment, and immigration issues so patients can focus on getting healthy.
This funders briefing is designed to help grantmakers understand how MLPs can fit within a broad array of grantmaking portfolios, beyond those that are health-focused. Join in this important conversation co-sponsored by the New York State Health Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation, and the Health Policy Working Group. Come hear from the NYS legislation sponsors, as well as practitioners who use MLPs to create win-win scenarios for patients, doctors and lawyers.
Read one man's story of how his life was touched by Medical-Legal Partnerships during his most desperate time of need.
- Why Medical Legal Partnerships are an important model to consider within a variety of foundation grantmaking programs
- How Medical Legal Partnership programs remove barriers detrimental to a patient’s medical treatment and health.
- How health care providers have benefited from Medical Legal Partnerships, particularly in revenue savings.
- Plans to scale up Medical Legal Partnerships programs in New York State beginning with the enactment of the Health-Related Legal Services Program law.
A Philanthropy New York Members Briefing co-sponsored by New York State Health Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation, and the Health Policy Working Group.
- Brian I. Byrd, Program Officer, New York State Health Foundation (moderator)
- New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, sponsor of the recently enacted Health-Related Legal Services Program law
- Ira S. Nash, M.D., chief medical officer at Mt. Sinai Hospital and head of the Office for Excellence in Patient Care
- Randye Retkin, director of LegalHealth, the largest medical-legal partnership in the country, and part of the New York Legal Assistance Group.
All interested funders.