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  • Project Title: Supporting New York City Nonprofits Through Medicaid Redesign
  • Priority Area: Special Projects Fund
  • Grant Amount: $50,000
  • Date Awarded: April 20, 2016
  • Region: Statewide
  • Region: New York City
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  • Grant Status: In Progress


New York State has undergone a major Medicaid Redesign aimed to improve health outcomes, control costs, and design a more efficient administrative structure. Although this transformation holds positive change for the health care system, it has created heightened legal needs for health care and human services providers, especially those constrained by resources. As Medicaid reform efforts are intended to address health needs from a broad perspective, hundreds of nonprofits and community-based organizations, many of which offer services not traditionally viewed as health care, will be impacted. In 2016, with co-funding from the New York Community Trust, NYSHealth awarded the Lawyers Alliance for New York (Lawyers Alliance) a grant to provide support to nonprofits as they navigate the rollout of Medicaid Redesign.

Under this grant, Lawyers Alliance will provide legal and educational services to strengthen nonprofits affected by Medicaid Redesign. Specifically, Lawyers Alliance will provide direct legal representation for matters related to Medicaid Redesign; provide a resource telephone hotline that can be reached at any time, regardless of geographic location; and offer education services to nonprofit managers, board members, and attorneys. This assistance will enable resource-constrained nonprofits to understand their contractual obligations, comply with unfamiliar regulations, and plan for the long-term success of their programs. Lawyers Alliance will appropriately structure its services for the range of nonprofits to be served, ensuring that nonprofits have access to affordable or pro bono legal services that can help maintain the mission and efficacy of their organizations, which provide health services to the most vulnerable New Yorkers.