1970 – Advocating for the Medicaid Program

1970 – Advocating for the Medicaid Program Timelines: National Health Law Program Timeline

Beginning in 1970, the National Health Law Program placed greater focus on bringing information about the Medicaid Program to advocates who could assert rights for low income individuals, including the first publication of the Advocate’s Guide.

“The program’s best-known work has certainly always been its Medicaid advocacy. States were just beginning to adopt Medicaid programs when NHeLP was funded, so the two programs really grew up together. By analyzing the law and regulations, training legal services staff, and assisting in litigation and administrative advocacy, NHeLP staff were able to shape Medicaid’s early direction.” – Pat Butler, Former National Health Law Program Staff Attorney, Specializing in Medicaid, 1989

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