When an Attorney Is the Best Medicine

Combatting cancer is rarely a health issue only. Many patients deal with legal issues which need a lawyer to resolve.

Blog Post (New York)

Randye Ratkin, Beth Breslin
Huffington Post
August 14, 2015

Tags: Health Care, Medical-Legal Partnerships

Organizations mentioned/involved: New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)


Legal services attorneys, working in partnership with health care professionals, can help to address a range of the non-medical issues that stand in the way of improving a person’s cancer prognosis and life expectancy. Chief among these is working to identify healthcare coverage options, securing coverage, and helping patients deal with insurance providers when disputes arise.

An attorney can also help patients facing eviction, foreclosure or unemployment, secure Social Security Disability and other benefits, address matters related to consumer debt, and help with estate and end-of-life planning, as well as guardianship and child custody issues.