Carly Myers (she/her/hers) is a Staff Attorney with the National Health Law Program’s California team. Carly’s work focuses on California health policy, with an emphasis on advancing heath equity and justice within Medi-Cal and other low-income health care programs. Carly is passionate about expanding the health care rights and improving the health outcomes of marginalized communities, including disability, BIPOC, LGBTQI+, incarcerated, immigrant, and other underserved individuals and families.
Before joining the National Health Law Program, Carly was a Staff Attorney at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, where she worked on a variety of litigation, legislation, and policy initiatives aimed at increasing nondiscriminatory access to health care and reducing health disparities experienced by people with disabilities. Notably, she spearheaded litigation challenging the exclusion of durable medical equipment, including wheelchairs, from California’s essential health benefit benchmark plan; and she led efforts to develop, pass, and implement a California law providing reparations to people—overwhelmingly disabled women of color—who were forcibly or involuntarily sterilized in state institutions and prisons. Carly also founded and serves on the board of a nonprofit organization, Eligibee, that improves access to public benefits, including low-income health care programs and credits, through the use of accessible and human-centered technology.
Carly received her J.D., Order of the Coif, from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she logged the most pro bono hours in her graduating class and served as an Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. During law school, Carly interned with the Tennessee Justice Center, the Health & Benefits Department of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Vanderbilt’s Medical-Legal Partnership with the VA Hospital, Disability Rights Tennessee, and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund. Prior to law school, Carly received her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Florida with a major in Political Science, and she worked for five years at a physical rehabilitation hospital, where she was exposed to systemic problems within the health care system and how it particularly disadvantages people who are low-income.
In her free time, Carly enjoys camping, roadtrips, and exploring National Parks with her loyal canine companion, Willow.