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Posted by: Arlene De La Rosa - 2/12/2017
Job Expires: 3/31/2017
Staff Attorney, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program

About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The agency serves immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence victims, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBTQ community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need. The agency's annual cash budget is approximately $23 million. Serving more than 75,000 New Yorkers annually, New York Legal Assistance Group maintains a paid staff of approximately 240, supported by 1,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers and interns. For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nylag.org.

The Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program (EFLRP) provides legal services to low-income New Yorkers who, because of aging and/or disability, need access to Medicaid in order to obtain long-term care services with the goal of remaining in their homes.EFLRP was launched by Self-help Community Services, Inc., in 2002, with a focus on helping Holocaust survivors. In 2013, EFLRP joined NYLAG and serves all low-income seniors and people with disabilities in New York City subject to funding limitations.EFLRP is a specialist in the statewide network of the Independent Consumer Advocacy Network (ICAN), which is the state's Ombudsprogram for Medicaid Long Term Care services. See www.icannys.org. EFLRP is also part of the statewide network funded by the NYS Office of the Aging to counsel and assist Medicare beneficiaries on accessing Part D prescription drugs and low-income subsidies to help with Medicare costs.

EFLRP uses a combination of tools to safeguard the right to health care:

  • Direct representation of seniors and people with disabilities in administrative hearings, disputes with managed care plans and with the local Medicaid program
  • Legal education programs for clients and professionals
  • Technical assistance to professionals who seek information and advice on individual cases
  • Public Policy work with coalitions to advocate and to protect access to critical Medicaid benefits on a state and local level. In 2017 this includes protecting access to Medicaid after the 2016 Presidential election.
  • Public education through the NY Health Access website, a joint project with The Legal Aid Society and Empire Justice Center

Job description:

The staff attorney will participate in all aspects of EFLRP's work described above, with emphasis on direct representation of seniors and people with disabilities in administrative hearings and other administrative forum to maximize access to Medicaid and Medicare eligibility and services and related benefits.The caseload has an emphasis on access to Medicaid home care services as an alternative to institutional care, and on subsidies that make Medicare affordable to low-income people. As attorney gains experience, she will participate in statewide coalitions, develop and conduct legal education programs, and update and write articles for NY Health Access website.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Conduct intake, investigate and research cases and represent clients in administrative hearings, in informal and formal advocacy with managed care plans and with the NYS Department of Health, the NYC Medicaid program, and in other administrative forum. Attorney will manage his or her own caseload from initial intake through case resolution.Travel to client's homes, government agency sites and other locations within New York City are required, along with travel to an annual conference in Albany. Attorney will participate in meetings involving the ICAN Ombudsprogram and other contracts, and maintain client case records as directed.As attorney gains experience, she will participate in statewide coalitions, develop and conduct legal education programs, and update and write articles for theNY Health Access website.

Qualifications:

Education/Admittance required: J.D., Admitted to practice in New York

Experience preferred:

The Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program seeks a highly committed attorney who has two to three years of prior and relevant experience, is admitted to practice law in New York, has excellent communication skills, and has strong research and writing skills. Ability to speak Spanish, Russian or a Chinese dialect is a plus.

NYLAG's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.

How To Apply:

Please click on this link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=newyorklag&jobId=161928&lang=en_US&source=CC3

 
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