Medical-Legal Partnerships

Process and Impact Evaluation of a Legal Assistance and Health Care Community Partnership

Researchers conducted a cost-benefit analysis with a secondary data from a legal aid program that helped with health-related issues, such as medication coverage, Social Security benefits, and Medicaid reimbursement. The researchers found that 25.5 percent of the closed cases resulted in a win for the client; 42.7 percent of the closed cases were referred to the appropriate legal aid entity; and 18.7 percent were lost to follow up or closed due to a changing need. Only 13.4 percent of cases were lost for the client.

The Attorney As the Newest Member of the Cancer Treatment Team

In this study, researchers profile LegalHealth, a free legal services program that works alongside health care providers in cancer care. Because oncologists often discuss insurance, employment, and financial concerns at first diagnosis and then later on, advanced planning (e.g., health care proxies, advance directives, etc.), they are in a prime position to partner with legal services. In this article, the researchers profile the benefits to patients, families and care partners, as well as benefits to providers and to the health care institution.

The State of the Medical-Legal Partnership Field

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership conducted a survey of MLPs and received a response rate of 55 percent. The survey provides an overview of key characteristics of MLPs, the people served by MLPs, the resources associated with operating an MLP, service integration and information sharing, and the ways MLPs advance health and wellbring. NCMLP survey is about the need for partnership between health care system and civil legal aid. This survey also discusses in detail the expected advantages of medical-lagel partnership MLPs. The NCMLP focuses on the benefits that communities families,and individuals can get through medical-legal partnership.