Staff Attorney- Equal Access to Healthcare Program
The Staff Attorney of the Equal Access to Healthcare Program provides legal representation and consultation to low-income clients with HIV and/or mental health issues to access public disability income, as well as healthcare benefits through Medi-Cal, Covered California, State Office of AIDS programs, Medicare, etc. Additional populations served include LGBTQ, homeless and/or at risk of homelessness, non-English speaking, and other at-risk communities.
Position Responsibilities Include:
- Assessment: Performs individual assessment of needs related to healthcare access and disability benefits. Helps identify and assist in breaking barriers to public benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)/Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medi-Cal, Medicare, private insurance through Covered California, AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), Office of AIDS Health Insurance Premium Payment (OA-HIPP), etc. Works with clients using a Harm Reduction approach.
- Benefits Advocacy: Provides direct legal assistance and representation to clients. Helps clients apply for public benefits (SSI/SSDI, CAPI, etc.) and/or handles other healthcare access and benefits-related issues. Performs intakes and conducts outreach to engage and re-engage clients in the pursuit of disability benefits and/or healthcare access. Advocates for clients through the claims process, including negotiating with the Social Security Administration, Medi-Cal, Medicare, private insurance, Covered CA, Office of AIDS, and other programs/entities as required. Files appropriate paperwork and develops/obtains supporting evidence.
- Hearings: Prepares cases for appeal and appears before Administrative Law Judges or other judicial bodies. Files documents for appeals process. Develops/obtains supporting evidence. Performs legal research. Writes pre- and post-hearings legal briefs. Prepares clients for testimony. Represent clients at hearings. Cross-examines experts. Appeals unfavorable decisions.
- File Management: Creates and maintains confidential client files detailing documents and laws/policies reviewed, correspondences prepared on behalf of the client, and case progress. Updates and maintains client records in case management and billing databases.
- Training & Community Engagement: Conducts consumer and provider trainings/outreach on topics related to public disability benefits, healthcare access, health care reform, Medicare, Medi-Cal, Covered California, etc. Participates in community meetings and forums.
- Policy Analysis: Identifies and analyzes healthcare issues affecting people living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable populations at the local, state and federal levels. Produces and presents reports.
- Special Projects: Assists with special projects as necessary.
- Active member of the California State Bar required.
- Two (2) years of public benefits or healthcare advocacy experience preferred.
- Ability in maintaining computer databases on a regular basis with minimal supervision.
- Familiarity with mental health issues, HIV/AIDS, and state and federal laws regarding disability benefits (SSI, SSDI, OA-HIPP, ADAP, Covered California, Medi-Cal, Medicare, etc.) preferred.
- Ability to be sensitive to and work well with low-income individuals, people with psychiatric disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, people of color, active drug users, people with a history of homelessness or incarceration, and people in the LGBT community essential.
- Ability to work effectively with service providers.
- Knowledge of Harm Reduction theory and practice as applied to legal services preferred.
- Bilingual and bicultural (Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Arabic, Vietnamese or Russian) highly desirable.
Salary and Benefits:
Full-time exempt position. Competitive salary plus medical, dental, short/long term disability, life insurance, employer matching contributions to 403(b) retirement, Bar dues, and professional development.
Submit a resume and cover letter via email to: HumanResources@prcsf.org. Please include Job Code: EAHPSA4519 in the subject line of your email, when applying.
People living with HIV/AIDS or other disabilities, people of color and people who are bilingual/bicultural are strongly encouraged to apply.