Area(s) of Expertise: Reproductive and sexual health, CA repro, pregnancy coverage, maternal health, Medicaid coverage for doula care, Catholic hospital mergers
Amy Chen is a Senior Staff Attorney in the National Health Law Program’s Los Angeles office, where she works on reproductive and sexual health access and services. Her California-specific work includes improving pregnancy care and maternal health, opposing religious restrictions on reproductive and sexual health care, and expa0nding access to contraception and abortion in Medi-Cal managed care. Her national work includes leading the National Health Law Program’s efforts around improving maternal health disparities and addressing systemic barriers to comprehensive pregnancy care. She is currently spearheading the National Health Law Program’s Doula Medicaid Project, which advocates for expanding access to full spectrum doula care for pregnant and postpartum Medicaid enrollees.
Before joining the National Health Law Program, Amy worked at Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland, California for eight years, where she provided direct legal services to individuals and families across the San Francisco Bay Area, and engaged in advocacy on a wide range of issues including health care reform, Medi-Cal, Covered California, and private health insurance.
Amy received her B.A. from Stanford University, where she majored in International Relations and wrote an honors thesis on U.S. policy towards Rwanda during the 1994 genocide and immediate aftermath. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. During law school, Amy interned at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York City and the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center in San Francisco. She was also a clinical volunteer for the Immigration and Asian Outreach Units at Greater Boston Legal Services.
Amy used to watch a lot of Star Trek: TNG and briefly tried—and largely failed—to learn how to speak Klingon.