Founded in 1969, the National Health Law Program protects and advances the health rights of low income and underserved individuals. The oldest non-profit of its kind, NHeLP advocates, educates and litigates at the federal and state level.
The care-giving safety net that has propped up health care for the poor and uninsured is breaking apart, as government responsibility cascades from federal to state to local authorities, as health care marketplace consolidation continues largely unregulated and as states are pressured to cut costs and find quick savings. In the midst of these changes, it is critical to focus on preserving health care coverage for those most in need and with fewest resources. NHeLP seeks to provide a seat at the table for representatives of low-income people, to protect consumers in the emerging managed care systems, and to find creative financing solutions that also preserve government's responsibility as provider of last resort.
Learn more about NHeLP, our work, successes and challenges ahead. Click here to watch a series of videos by NHeLP executive director Emily Spitzer at the Arnold Foundation's Giving Library.
NOTE: Please be advised that NHeLP cannot provide legal advice to individuals. We are not a direct service agency. The following websites may assist you in locating legal resources in your community:
- LawHelp.org — legal help for people with low and moderate incomes (and their lawyers)
- LSC Directory — legal help in civil (not criminal) matters for low-income people.
- Protection & Advocacy System — provides protection of the rights of persons with disabilities through legally based advocacy
- The American Bar Association website provides useful links to lawyer referral services and pro bono legal help for the poor.