Medical-legal partnerships can overcome social health barriers

Serious medical issues can put a family’s finances at risk and create barriers to whole-person health. Medical-legal partnerships, like the model used by Rutgers Law and the Camden Coalition, can help families avoid evictions and utility shut-offs, resolve disability and insurance benefit disputes and even negotiate medical bills. “Patients facing challenging medical issues are often not equipped to address complicated legal issues. We see small issues snowball into larger problems due to a lack of attention, and we see issues of all sizes becoming a source of great stress for patients.”