- Health Law Fellow , USA
Health Law Fellow
Kentucky Equal Justice Center
Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks an attorney with experience in health care law and policy as our new Health Law Fellow. The Fellow will work as a multi-forum advocate on a policy agenda for low-income and working families through:
Policy research and advocacy: researching policy opportunities and best practices for health care coverage, access and quality; analyzing and commenting on state and federal proposals; preparing briefing papers on promising options and current issues.
Communications and coalition building: participating in state and national networks focused on health; providing policy support to Kentucky public interest partners; communicating with decision-makers and the public on new developments and proposals.
Outreach, enrollment, and consumer assistance: participating in outreach to at risk populations; providing consumer coaching to enroll and resolve problems with public benefits.
Administrative advocacy and impact litigation: representing individuals in administrative appeals; filing or assisting with selected litigation with a focus on public benefits eligibility and access to care.
The Health Law Fellow will join a multi-function advocacy team that includes our Outreach Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Director and Senior Counsel. The primary deliverable: access to affordable, high quality coverage and care for low-income and working Kentucky families.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Health Law Fellow will:
Develop detailed knowledge of policy options and best practices for coverage, access, cost, accountability and quality under both public programs and private sector approaches
Monitor proposed changes in state and federal law, regulations, manuals and guidance, including changes to interlinked public benefits such as SNAP
Develop state, regional and national peer and expert networks for advice, counsel and development and evaluation of proposals and initiatives
Prepare a variety of written materials including briefing papers on promising options, best practices and current issues; comments on state and federal proposals; and blog posts and op-ed pieces on health care issues affecting low income consumers
Participate in meetings, conferences calls and activities of state and national public interest partners, including Kentucky Voices for Health, with a focus on identifying policy priorities, analyzing proposals and providing policy support to Kentucky advocates
Help plan and conduct meetings of the statewide legal services Welfare and Health Task Force
Help develop and implement a communications plan designed to provide useful and timely information through multiple media to support health advocacy
Circulate analyses and comments through a variety of networks to share arguments and information that may help consumers and other advocates make their views known
Meet with Kentucky executive branch officials and legislators on key health care and coverage issues, representing interests of low income consumers
Assist Kentucky Equal Justice Center Senior Counsel in identifying and pursuing impact litigation on key issues and handle a small caseload of individual matters
Become a Certified Application Counselor capable of handling a small consumer-assistance caseload on benefits available through Kentucky’s multi-benefits website, Benefind
Assist Kentucky Equal Justice Center’s Director in fundraising for sustainability
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
Active membership in a state bar and willingness to seek admission to the Kentucky bar if not a member
A minimum of two years’ experience as an attorney, including health care litigation and advocacy on health issues in policy-making forums
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, including demonstrated public policy communications
Comfort speaking in front of groups
Excellent interpersonal skills
Comfort working in a multi-cultural setting, with sensitivity to language and cultural issues
Excellent organizational and problem-solving and skills
Strong computer skills and excellent attention to detail
Facility with social media and web-based communications tools
Ability to be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities, to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team
Knowledge of low income issues and a commitment to social justice
Proficiency in a second language, especially Spanish, is a plus.
Kentucky Equal Justice Center has offices in Lexington and Louisville. Preferred location for the position is Lexington.
Salary and Benefits
Salary of $42,600 to $49,800, depending on experience. Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state employee plans.
Grant Funded Position with Potential Renewal
The Fellowship is funded by matching grants from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Cincinnati-based Interact for Health. Over time, sustainability may depend on new sources of support.
Starting Date: April 1, 2019 or as soon as possible.
See printable pdf of this posting. To apply, please email a cover letter, writing sample, resume and a list of three references to:
Richard Seckel, Director
Kentucky Equal Justice Center
Please put “Health Law Fellow” in the subject line of your email. For each reference, include a mailing address, phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Application Deadline: March 25, 2019
For more information
KEJC welcomes your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.
Kentucky Equal Justice Center was formed in 1976 to work with all of Kentucky’s civil legal services programs on statewide issues and projects. Today, we are a flexible and responsive public interest advocacy organization with a wide variety of community partners. We convene statewide legal aid task forces in multiple areas of poverty law and provide immigration law services through Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington.
Kentucky Equal Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer.
Job posted on 5th March 2019
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