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Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law Host Upcoming Webinar on Medicaid

Monday, September 24, 2012

  • By: Michelle Nicolet
  • Organization: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

The Affordable Care Act fills a gaping hole in the Medicaid program, offering eligibility to 16 million individuals with income below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, a life-changing positive development for all of them. But the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, as a practical matter, has caused states to view this new Medicaid eligibility as optional. They need to be convinced to do it. Attorneys--and not just health care experts--are urgently needed to provide their expertise and voice during this critical time when states are choosing whether to add this new Medicaid eligibility category. Legal services managers should consider re-prioritizing program resources during this critical time.

Join the Clearinghouse Review team of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law for the webinar High Stakes for Legal Services Clients: Concentrating Resources on Convincing States to Adopt the New Medicaid Eligibility Category on October 9 at 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CST to learn more about the new Medicaid eligibility category and the enormous impact that filling this gap in Medicaid coverage can have on legal services clients. Panelists will include Jane Perkins, of the National Health Law Program; Gordon Bonnyman, of the Tennessee Justice Center; Betsy Havens, of Florida Legal Services; and John Bouman, of the Shriver Center. Learn more and register at


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