Staff Attorney (Los Angeles office)

Staff Attorney (Los Angeles office)

Staff Attorney

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low income and underserved individuals. Our offices (in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Carrboro, North Carolina) engage in national, state, and local advocacy efforts, ranging from complex analyses of federal and state laws, policy advocacy, litigation, and individual technical support. We work with lawyers and advocates, community-based entities, federal and state policy makers, health care providers, and clients.

NHeLP is committed to cultivating an environment that empowers an exceptional and diverse staff and to advancing health equity in our work. We welcome applicants who represent that diversity and who will contribute to our equity journey, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals. We also encourage individuals whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities to apply. For more information about our values and our equity journey, see our Equity Stance.

The position: We are seeking a full time attorney for our Los Angeles office. The position will involve a broad range of policy and administrative advocacy on Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and other low-income health care programs, and will have a particular focus on California health policy. The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of the Medicaid program at the national or California level and have experience as a health advocate. This candidate will think proactively and strategically; have an interest in and willingness to listen and learn in partnership with other state advocates; demonstrate leadership, communication, research, and writing skills; and be able to work individually and in teams. The attorney will help to develop and implement NHeLP’s legal, policy, and advocacy strategies for advancing access to quality health, focusing on California and national policy strategies. The ideal candidate will have experience working within communities of color and will demonstrate an understanding of the issues of health care programs as they impact low-income people, people of color, and other underserved populations.

SPECIFICALLY, the attorney will perform the following functions:

  • Analyze state and federal legislation, regulations, and other policies as they impact Medicaid (Medi-Cal) and other ACA health care programs, including Covered California;
  • Represent NHeLP on health issues with the state agencies and Departments, and with state advocates and coalitions;
  • Review and draft state and federal legislation and regulations on proactive and defensive strategies to advance and protect access to high quality coverage under Medicaid and other ACA health care programs, including Covered California;
  • Expand and maintain partnerships with state and local advocates to advance Medicaid and ACA Marketplace health policies in California, and other states;
  • Develop written materials including fact sheets, memoranda, blogs, and articles concerning legal and policy developments, legislation, and regulations concerning Medicaid, the ACA Marketplace, and other issues in NHeLP’s priority areas; and
  • Respond to requests for legal analysis from staff as well as external sources, including state legislators and administrative agencies, policy makers, coalition partners, attorneys and advocates, media, funders, and scholars.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • JD degree and admission to the bar in any U.S. jurisdiction
  • 3-7 years’ legal experience (at NHeLP, Staff Attorneys have less than 8 years’ legal experience)
  • Commitment to NHeLP’s mission and values, including a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to travel (we estimate this position may require travel approximately one day per month within California and around the country)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of health law, especially Medicaid and the ACA
  • Legislative and administrative advocacy and/or public service experience
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and exercise good judgment. Our ideal candidate will have presentation experience, creativity, and a willingness to work with others
  • Capacity to explain legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for both lawyer and non-lawyer audiences

Commitment: Full-time, immediate availability

Salary: Staff Attorney: Highly competitive salary with other public interest organizations and is commensurate with experience. For example, in accordance with NHeLP’s pay scale for attorneys, the starting salary for an attorney with 3 years of legal experience is $74,800. For an attorney with 7 years of legal experience, the starting salary is $93,500. The starting salary may be higher for candidates with additional degrees. Generous benefits available, including employer-paid medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans, transportation benefits (parking or public transportation fees), a retirement savings opportunity, and a telecommuting policy. NHeLP also offers generous paid time off including holidays, sick time, personal time, parental leave, 150 hours (20 days) of vacation per year, and more.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, résumé, a writing sample, and a list of three references, with the subject “Staff Attorney” to: [email protected]. To be considered for the position, your cover letter must describe your experience with and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. No phone calls please. For more information, please visit:

Cover letter, résumé, a brief writing sample (preferred length between 3-10 pages) and a list of three references should be in PDF format. Please add your name to each attachment that you send. For example: JaneSanchezCoverLetter.pdf, JohnSanchezResume.pdf.

NHeLP is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified applicants. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, please send an email with subject line “Reasonable Accommodation Request” to [email protected].


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