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Why and How Every Advocate Can Help Realize Health Care Reform

By Gordon Bonnyman

Legal services programs should focus their resources on implementing health care reform. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created a new category of Medicaid eligiblity for people with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on the Act allows states to decide whether to extend their Medicaid programs to this new group. Legal services advocates--even those who do not focus on health care--must act now to ensure that health care reform is implemented to maximize the benefit to their client populations. [Editor's Note: See the related webinar on this topic.]

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