Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Legal Help at Clinic

Doctors don't generally want lawyers practicing in their offices, but a new program at the Kentucky Clinic is bringing the two professions together.

The idea is to improve children's health by making sure they have access to a lawyer when they need it.

Called Child Advocacy Today, the program is one of a growing number of programs bringing doctors and lawyers together and the first to open in Kentucky. The idea started in Boston and has spread to medical centers across the United States.

Attorney Jan Clark opened the office at Kentucky Clinic in November. So far the program has handled 29 cases, most of which involved applications for Medicaid or the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides health insurance to children whose families make too much for Medicaid.

Clark: "Sometimes the help is as simple as guiding parents through the bureaucrat-ese of Medicaid forms. Other times it is more complicated."

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Legal help now offered at Ky. Clinic


Anonymous said...

I don't quite understand this - why do children need lawyers? Why wouldn't it be their parents needing the lawyer in the child's behalf?

Anonymous said...

This is very disturbing allowing children to retain a lawyer without parental consent?

I see the bigger picture here and one of the attractions might be to get the young ones dependent on lawyers??? all of this = future income?