Policy Fellow (Washington DC Office)

Policy Fellow (Washington DC Office)

The position is largely remote but the policy fellow likely will attend in-person meetings on a regular basis, either in NHeLP’s DC office or with partners or policymakers in the DC area, once those meetings resume.


The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals. NHeLP engages in national, state, and local advocacy efforts, including analyses of federal and state laws, policy advocacy, litigation, continuing legal education, and individual technical support. We work with lawyers and advocates, community-based entities, federal and state policymakers, health care providers, and clients.

NHeLP is committed to health equity—ensuring that everyone has access to the resources they need to be healthy—and to cultivating an internal environment that empowers an exceptional and diverse staff. For more information, see our Equity Stance. NHeLP particularly encourages applications from members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and others whose backgrounds may contribute to the effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.


The Policy Fellow will be part of NHeLP’s Washington D.C. Office and primarily work with the attorneys and policy staff of that office. The DC office houses both policy and operations staff, including the Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and most of NHeLP’s development and communications teams. The person will be part of the Federal Advocacy Team which coordinates NHeLP’s federal legislative and administrative work.  Our work focuses on Medicaid, CHIP and the Affordable Care Act. The Policy Fellow will have an opportunity to work on a range of issues that may include eligibility & enrollment, reproductive & sexual health, civil rights, behavioral health, managed care, and prescription drugs.  In addition to the specific duties described below, the Policy Fellow will be invited and encouraged to participate in other departmental and organizational opportunities and initiatives, such as our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion affinity groups, committees, and task forces. That work would be considered part of and not in addition to the person’s job responsibilities.


We are seeking a full-time policy fellow to assist our legal and policy staff with their work on Medicaid and health issues affecting low-income and underserved people. This person will support the staff that develops and implement NHeLP’s legal, policy, and advocacy strategies for advancing the legal rights of low-income and underserved people. They will also work to achieve NHeLP’s priority of advancing health and related economic equity. The fellowship is designed to provide a learning opportunity for individuals seeking to advance in the fields of law, policy or public health.

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to interact with staff at all levels in a fast-paced environment, sometimes under pressure, remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful, and efficient, with a high level of professionalism. The position requires strong organizational and time management skills, as well as the ability to drive numerous projects and deliverables, and must be able to properly prioritize tasks. Further, the position also requires initiative, inquiry, and sound decision-making while working with staff primarily in the DC office but also in NHeLP’s other offices.


  • Provide research and writing support for federal comments, issue briefs, fact sheets, blog posts, and other products pertaining to Medicaid and other health law or health policy issues related to low-income and underserved populations.
  • Author/co-author relevant written work products, as described above.
  • Monitor and analyze federal and state legislative and administrative changes to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.
  • Participate in meetings with coalition partners and attend other relevant health policy events.
  • Deliver presentations to advocates on relevant health policy topics.
  • Undertake additional duties as assigned.


  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional work experience in a related field or position.
  • Experience as a health advocate or demonstrated interest in health law and policy or health issues affecting low-income and underserved people.
  • Excellent research and analytic skills including an ability to write clearly and concisely and attention to detail.
  • A demonstrated interest in expanding one’s knowledge about the role that racial and other inequities play in our society, and a desire to build and/or deepen one’s commitment to equity work.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software and ability to conduct internet research.


  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to handle multiple tasks and projects and prioritize appropriately.
  • Strong sense of self-motivation; ability to work independently without hesitating to ask questions or to seek guidance when necessary.
  • Interest and creativity in developing new project ideas.
  • Willingness to tackle new projects as they arise.
  • Ability to research and analyze proposed and final legislation, regulations, and sub-regulatory guidance.


Full-time, two-year term beginning as soon as possible.


The starting salary for the Policy Fellow position is $50,380 for a candidate with a Bachelor’s degree. The National Health Law Program offers a generous benefits package that includes employer-paid medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans, transportation benefits in DC and CA, and a retirement savings opportunity (up to 3% employer matching after one year of employment). The National Health Law Program also offers generous paid time off including holidays, sick time, parental leave, 150 hours (20 days) of vacation per year, and more.

The position is largely remote but the policy fellow likely will attend in-person meetings on a regular basis, either in NHeLP’s DC office or with partners or policymakers in the DC area, once those meetings resume.  The policy fellow also will attend in-person full-staff meetings when they resume.

As of November 18, 2021 – “All NHeLP offices moved to fully remote work, subject to job requirements, team-based determination of meeting needs and the expectation that all NHeLP staff will gather in person at least once and likely twice a year.”


Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and a list of three professional references in a single PDF document to [email protected]. In the cover letter, please be sure to address your experience with and/or commitment to expanding your knowledge about the role that racial and other inequities play in our society, and your desire to build and/or deepen your commitment to equity work.

The email’s subject should describe the position the applicant is seeking, i.e., “DC Policy Fellow.” Please add your name to the application attachment that you send. For example JaneSanchezApplication.PDF.

No phone calls, please, except for reasonable accommodation requests. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact us at: [email protected].


September 23rd (as needed, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis if received later)

NHeLP advocates to advance the health rights of many populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection, such as BIPOC communities, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with limited English proficiency. NHeLP is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued to promote social justice and best achieve our mission.

For more information, please visit www.healthlaw.org


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