Sonal Ambegaokar is a Senior Attorney in NHeLP’s Los Angeles office, where her work focuses on access to affordable health care for low-income consumers. She conducts policy analysis and advocacy at the federal and state levels and provides technical assistance and trainings to ensure implementation of the Affordable Care Act benefits everyone.
Prior to joining NHeLP, Sonal was a health policy attorney at the National Immigration Law Center (“NILC”) in Los Angeles. At NILC, Sonal analyzed a wide range of local, state and federal health policies and proposals that affect low-income immigrants. She also trained and educated advocates, policy makers, and the public about issues such as Medicaid and CHIP, employer based coverage, access to medical services, and how the Affordable Care Act could impact low-income immigrants.
Sonal began her legal career at the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, where she worked first as a staff attorney and then a supervising attorney. While there, Sonal led advocacy efforts against discount health plans and lead screening for children and trained community based organizations on eligibility rules for Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and other safety net health programs. She also supervised paralegals and attorneys providing assistance to low-income consumers with problems accessing public and employer based coverage and medical services under the Health Consumer Center of Los Angeles project.
While in law school, Sonal was a law clerk at Legal Services of Northern California and at Asian Pacific Islander Outreach in San Francisco. She also worked as a judicial extern for U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton. Prior to attending law school Sonal spent several years working as a business analyst for Verizon Communications.
Sonal graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a degree in business administration and received her law degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law. She has served on the advisory boards of the California Pan Ethnic Health Network and the Health Consumer Center of Los Angeles Community, and in 2010 she received the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California Public Interest Foundation Award.
Sonal loves to travel so that she can expand her musical and food palates.