The North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys awarded the
Carolina Health Law Organization at UNC School of Law a $1,500 grant to create
a resource for low-income individuals seeking pro bono and reduced-fee legal
and consumer services related to health care.
The law student organization, known as CHLO, aims to expose
its members to the broad practice area of health law. CHLO does this through
organizing valuable lectures and career-oriented events, as well as connecting
students with various pro bono projects and employment opportunities that are
highly responsive to policy changes.
During the 2018-2019 school year, CHLO plans to launch a pro
bono project with guidance from the North Carolina Bar Association's Health Law
Section to create a comprehensive resource of free/reduced-fee health care,
legal and consumer help services for health-related concerns around the
Triangle area of the state. By connecting with local health care providers,
academic and organizational stakeholders, as well as lawyers and legal
advocates, students will acquire and disseminate information about services
spanning filing for insurance reimbursements or billing fraud issues, Medicaid
denials, Marketplace enrollment, ethics claims, and complaints to the North
Carolina Medical Board, among other concerns. Through this project, CHLO hopes
to increase access to medical-legal resources for low-income individuals before
their needs have escalated to emergency status.
CHLO’s president this year is Nur Kara 2L. Mara
Howard-Williams 2L is vice president, Alec Mercolino 2L is the pro bono coordinator
and treasurer, and Suzanne Zelenka 2L is secretary. The organization is
supervised by Professor Richard Saver and Professor Joan Krause.
Students from CHLO plan to present the results of their
project at the North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorney’s annual meeting
in Fall 2019.
Law students who would like to get involved with CHLO may
contact Kara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-July 24, 2018