Salary range is $68,000 to $78,000 annually and is set commensurate with experience.
Health Care Attorney
The Alliance for Children’s Rights is seeking a mission-driven, dedicated individual to join our organization as our Health Care Attorney.
The Alliance: The Alliance for Children's Rights is a nonprofit organization that provides free, holistic legal services and advocacy to youth and families impacted by child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Los Angeles County and works to enact policy changes statewide. Our lawyers, advocates and social workers, together with hundreds of pro bono attorneys and community volunteers, work to ensure young people in foster care and guardianships can overcome barriers to stability and success and access to the education, healthcare, and financial supports they need. Since 1992, we have helped over 150,000 children and young adults. For more information visit: www.allianceforchildrensrights.org.
The Position: The Health Care Attorney will advocate for children and youth impacted by the child welfare system, to help them obtain equitable health care, medical services, and disability benefits, This Attorney will assist current and former foster youth in obtaining and maintaining health insurance coverage, appropriate health and mental health services, and specialized care for children with disabilities or developmental delays. Legal representation will include challenges to Medi-Cal denials, and appeals of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) denials to ensure that qualifying youth transition out of foster care with SSI benefits are in place to support them. This position will serve as the staff attorney for the Alliance’s medical-legal partnership with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center’s Medical Hub Clinic (the MLK Clinic), assisting youth, caregivers and medical staff; coordinating with other Alliance programs to meet patient needs, and training MLK Clinic personnel on legal and social services issues that impact their patients’ wellbeing. Additionally, this attorney will provide trainings for caregivers, youth, and child welfare stakeholders on such issues as health care coverage, services, medical consents, and SSI eligibility.
Represent child welfare impacted caregivers and youth at administrative hearings to appeal denials of Medi-Cal or SSI benefits.
Assist medical providers, youth, and caregivers with issues of medical consent, Medi-Cal coverage, SSI, eligibility for early developmental services, specialized care support, and home approvals for children with medical or developmental needs.
Serve as staff attorney for the MLK Clinic, screening potential clients, providing legal advice and representation to patients, collaborating to connect patients to other Alliance programs, conducting trainings, helping to create reference materials, and working with Alliance social workers and other staff to provide youth, caregivers, and medical staff with resources.
Work with Pro Bono Director to develop, implement, and manage pro bono legal support for this Program, including materials, training, supervision, and technical assistance for student interns and pro bono attorneys.
Assist with the supervision of Intake, identify legal issues and strategies, and train and provide guidance to student interns and staff.
Develop and maintain program materials for clients, pro bono attorneys, and the community.
Conduct community trainings, and work with service providers and community partners, to maximize supports for families and children.
Collaborate with colleagues to identify critical resources for caregivers, young adults, and children that will help provide stability and wellbeing.
Work with the Alliance’s policy team to identify systemic issues and provide information to support the Alliance’s systems change work.
Work with the Alliance's Development team to provide data and information, and to complete grant applications and reports.
Perform other duties as required.
The Ideal Candidate Will Possess:
D. degree (required)
Experience advocating for physical or mental health care, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medi-Cal, Medicaid, or other related benefits
Prior experience working in a medical field or reviewing medical records
Understanding of the healthcare and insurance systems
Excellent written and oral communication, active listening, and presentation skills
Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with clients, attorneys, medical staff, child welfare professionals, the judiciary, and members of the public
Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to work independently and manage competing tasks in a fast-paced environment
A strong work ethic, dedication, and enthusiasm for taking on responsibility
Demonstrated ability to work as team member with a pleasant and collegial approach.
Commitment to social justice
Experience and comfort building rapport and working effectively with families, children, and young adults
This job description is of a general nature and is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties of the position.
The Alliance is committed to prioritizing and safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our employees, their families, our clients, and members of our community against the COVID-19 coronavirus. In response to COVID-19 and the increased transmissibility with recent variants, and to support a safe environment for everyone, all new Alliance employees must provide original documentation confirming they are fully vaccinated, and or evidence of an approved qualifying medical exemption or religious held belief exemption at the time of hire.
This position will regularly report to the MLK Clinic on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis to be determined. On other days, with the exception of in-office meetings with clients, colleagues, or community partners, and to the extent that this position allows for telework, this position may work remotely from home. Employees may be asked to return to work at the office at the employer’s discretion.
Salary Range: Salary range is $68,000 to $78,000 and is set commensurate with experience. Benefits include generous vacation and paid holidays; comprehensive health plans covering 100% of the employee cost of medical, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; flexible spending accounts for childcare and health expenses; generous retirement savings plan with organization contributions to your 403(b) after one year of employment; and discounts on fitness memberships and entertainment venues.
The Alliance for Children’s Rights is committed to building and supporting a culturally diverse and inclusive environment that values all staff members’ backgrounds and perspectives in our work. We strongly encourage individuals from all traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and prohibit discrimination against employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status, or any other unlawful basis.
Applying: To be considered, please send a resume and a cover letter that outlines your interest in joining the Alliance, relevant work experience, and how you heard of the position to Ashley Zometa. Responses will be sent only to individuals meeting the outlined qualifications of the position.
The Alliance for Children's Rights is a nonprofit organization that provides free holistic legal services and advocacy to youth and families impacted by child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Los Angeles County and works to enact policy changes statewide. Our lawyers, advocates, and social workers, together with hundreds of pro bono attorneys and community volunteers, work to ensure that those we serve have the tools to overcome barriers to stability and success, and access to the education, healthcare, and financial supports that they need. Since 1992, we have helped over 150,000 children.