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Legal Network Update
April 6, 2015
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Lawyer of the 
Month

  Sarah R. Boonin
Health Law Clinic & Suffolk Law School
 
Legal Network member and Suffolk University Law School Professor Sarah Boonin teaches in the areas of mental health and disability law, health law, and women's reproductive health. She designed and teaches Suffolk's first Health Law Clinic. Professor Boonin and her clinical students specialize in serving those with complex mental health issues.  
 
Since joining HLA's Legal Network, Sarah has hit the ground running. She and her students at the Health Law Clinic have volunteered to work on several HLA referral cases. "For my students, their relationships with their clients can be life-changing. For many of them, this is their first time face-to-face with people who have limited health services. They not only gain an understanding of these challenges, but it is an inspiration to advocate for people's health."

Sarah was named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Up and Coming Lawyers in 2010. Sarah is a member of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and the Women's Bar Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Guardianship Association. 
 
Thank you for your outstanding support and contribution to HLA, the Legal Network, and most importantly to our clients. Congratulations on being named this month's Lawyer of the Month! 

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HLA Internships
 
HLA seeks undergraduate and law student interns who are passionate about health law and non-profit development.
 
For a list of active internship opportunities or more information, visit the HLA website or e-mail
 

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Want to join

HLA's Referral List?

 

HLA provides a lawyer referral list to consumers who contact us for help but exceed our income guidelines or have an issue outside of our practice areas.
 
Contact Matt:

(617) 275-2986


selig@hla-inc.org 

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The Docket

HLA's Quarterly Newsletter

 
Get updates on major projects, successful cases, and more
in the fall edition of HLA's newsletter, 
The Docket.
Dear Friends:

The snow is melting, the grass is coming back to life, Spring is on its way! As excited as I am for Spring,  I'm also excited to be joining the HLA team and working with the Legal Network to provide much needed assistance to our clients seeking accessible and affordable health services. 
 

Please take a moment to look over the cases below and contact me at 617-275-2881 or etabor@hla-inc.org if you are available to accept a case at this time. 

 
Best,

Emily Tabor
Program and Development Associate

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*Cases Available for Referral*
 

M.J.'s mother came to live with him after being discharged from a hospitalization. M.J.'s mother required at-home services to enable her to live in the community. M.J. provided some of these services and a state insurance program approved payment. Now, the state is demanding M.J. return more than $28,000 in payments due to the range of services M.J. provided to his mother. M.J. needs an attorney to represent him in this matter. 

 

H.L. a 36- year-old Cambridge woman is a widowed mother of two young children whose husband/father died from cancer in 2012. He had a student health plan at the time, but nonetheless, the Texas hospital that treated him is billing H.L. for $146,000 from treatment his insurance did not cover. H.L. needs assistance addressing her late husband's medical debt.


J.M. a 24-year-old New Bedford woman earns a very limited income for a food service company. J.M. was enrolled without her consent in a health plan through her employment. She did not want to enroll because she could not afford the coverage and had health insurance through MassHealth. J.M. never used her employment plan, but approximately $1,500 was deducted for premiums from her paycheck. The employment-based health plan has agreed to terminate her enrollment, but has declined to reimburse her premiums. J.M. seeks assistance obtaining reimbursement from her former health plan.

If you are interested in taking on a case or would like to take on another case, please contact Emily Tabor at (617) 275-2881 or etabor@hla-inc.org.

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* Special Thanks *


Special thanks to Professor Sarah Boonin of Suffolk University Law School's Health Law Clinic for accepting the case of S.K., a 60-year-old Plymouth County resident who requires methadone treatment for substance abuse. He has been drug-free for 13 years with the help of methadone that was covered by his former health plan. S.K.'s employer switched to a new health plan that does not cover methadone, so he needs help maintaining coverage for his treatment.

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Thank you for supporting 
HLA's
Pro Bono L
egal Network!


If you have not been able to take a case in recent months, we invite you to accept a pro bono referral soon. If you are looking for a specific type of case, please reply to this email. Please contact Emily Tabor with any questions at etabor@hla-inc,org or (617) 275-2881.

 
Legal Network Updates are sent to attorneys the first and third Monday of each month.