Job Opening: Staff Attorney - Equal Access to Healthcare Program

General Description:

The Staff Attorney of the Equal Access to Healthcare Program provides legal representation and consultation to low-income clients with HIV and/or mental health issues in order to access public disability income, as well as healthcare benefits and programs such as Medi-Cal, Covered California, California’s state office of AIDS programs, Medicare, etc.

Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Assessment: Performs individual assessment of needs related to healthcare access. Helps identify and assist in breaking barriers to benefit entitlements, including Medi-Cal, Medicare, private insurance through Covered California, AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), and Office of AIDS Health Insurance Premium Payment (OA-HIPP).
  • Benefits Advocacy: Provides direct legal assistance and representation to clients within a harm reduction approach. Assists clients in handling health insurance benefits related issues. Follows claims throughout the process, negotiating with Medi-Cal and Covered California eligibility workers, and private health insurance companies as needed. Files appropriate paperwork and develops/obtains supporting evidence. Provides legal representation in Social Security disability claims (Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance).
  • Hearings: Prepares cases for appeal and appears before administrative tribunals. Files documents for appeals process. Develops/obtains supporting evidence. Performs legal research. Writes pre- and post-hearings legal briefs. Prepares clients for testimony. Prepares questions for cross-examination of expert witnesses. Appeals unfavorable decisions.
  • File Management: Creates and maintains confidential client files detailing documents and policies reviewed, correspondence prepared on behalf of the client and case progress. Manages comprehensive databases.
  • Policy Analysis: Identifies and analyzes healthcare issues affecting people living with HIV/AIDS at the local, state and federal levels. Produces and presents reports and trainings.

Qualifications:

  • Active member of the California State Bar required.
  • Minimum of 2 years of healthcare advocacy experience strongly preferred.
  • Strong ability in maintaining computer databases on a regular basis with minimal supervision required.
  • Bilingual and bicultural (Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Arabic, Vietnamese or Russian) highly desirable.
  • Ability to be sensitive to and work well with low-income individuals, people with psychiatric disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, people of color, active drug users, people with a history of homelessness or incarceration, and people in the LGBT community essential.
  • Familiarity with mental health issues, HIV/AIDS, and state and federal laws regarding disability benefits (SSI, SSDI, and private long-term disability insurance) preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively with service providers.
  • Knowledge of harm reduction theory and practice as applied to legal services preferred.

Salary and Benefits:

40 hours per week. Competitive salary plus medical, dental, short/long term disability, life insurance, employer matching contributions to 403(b) retirement, Bar dues and professional development.

Application Procedure:

Submit a resume and cover letter to: Positive Resource Center, Attn: Human Resources, 785 Market Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. or email HumanResources@positiveresource.org.

People living with HIV/AIDS or other disabilities, people of color and people who are bilingual/bicultural are strongly encouraged to apply.

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