Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA)

Founded in 1965, NLSLA serves Los Angeles County and is one of the largest and most prominent public interest law offices in California.
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Primary geographic focus: California
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: NLSLA
Lists: LSC

Founded in 1965 as part of the nation’s War on Poverty, NLSLA is now one of the largest and most prominent public interest law offices in California. NLSLA specializes in areas of the law that disproportionately impact the poor, including housing, public benefits, healthcare, immigration, family law, and workers’ rights, providing free assistance to more than 100,000 individuals throughout Los Angeles County.


News Story

‘I’m running out of medicine.’ Paperwork backlog costs some their Medi-Cal coverage

Soumya Karlamangla
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
December 20, 2016
Moncrief is one of many Los Angeles County residents who say they were wrongly dropped from Medi-Cal, the state’s healthcare program for low-income and disabled Californians, and have struggled to regain coverage and see their doctors.

News Story

Medical Transportation Provider Accused Of Disserving L.A.’s Frail Patients

Anna Gorman
Kaiser Health News (KHN)
July 14, 2017
Patient advocates and social workers say low-income and vulnerable patients in Los Angeles County have frequently been unable to get to their appointments on time — or at all.

News Story

Medi-Cal Sued For Pushing Patients Into Managed Care Despite Judges’ Orders

Emily Bazar
Kaiser Health News (KHN)
August 10, 2017
Like Medicaid programs in many states that want more budgeting certainty or hope to save some money, Medi-Cal is shifting many patients like Diaz, with complex conditions, into managed care plans.

News Story

L.A. lawsuit accuses Atlanta-based LogistiCare of putting patients in peril

Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC)
December 5, 2017
A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles blasts the way Atlanta-based LogistiCare handles medical transportation for millions of Medicaid patients in the nation’s most populous county.

News Story

Growing number of suburban poor discover health care’s nowhere land

Elaine Korry
CNN Money
January 31, 2018
The promise of cheaper housing brought Shari Castaneda to Palmdale, California, in northern Los Angeles County, about nine years ago.

News Story

Judge says LA County wrongly booted thousands off Medi-Cal

Associated Press (AP)
May 13, 2018
Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant said in his ruling that the county violated state law by terminating coverage for beneficiaries even though they turned in their renewal paperwork on time.

News Story

L.A. County Unlawfully Terminated Thousands Medi-Cal Recipients, Court Rules

Anna Gorman
California Healthline
May 14, 2018
The department dropped people between December 2016 and November 2017 before processing their renewal applications, even though they had filed on time, according to plaintiffs’ arguments in court papers.

Blog Post

How to Save a Life in the Time It Takes to Watch the Super Bowl

Stephanie Rector
Huffington Post
February 7, 2016
Getting educated about how you can help victims of domestic violence is as easy as visiting a website during a Super Bowl commercial.

News Story

More people are being illegally billed for charges not paid by Medi-Cal

Lisa Zamosky
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
September 18, 2015
Advocates said there has been an increase over the last year in healthcare providers engaging in the practice of billing people with Medi-Cal for charges not covered by their insurance -- commonly referred to as balance billing.

News Story

Judge Orders California To Make Timely Decisions On Medicaid Coverage

Anna Gorman
Kaiser Health News (KHN)
January 23, 2015
“The ruling is absolutely vital in ensuring benefits for everyone who is entitled to them,” said Cori Racela, an attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County.

News Story

A Push for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Finds Its Advocates

Erik Eckholm, Ian Lovett
New York Times (NYT)
November 22, 2014
Organizations like the Eviction Assistance Center in Los Angeles help, but free legal assistance in noncriminal cases is rare and growing rarer.

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