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Complementing health care with legal care.

Our pioneering LegalHealth program improves health outcomes by addressing corresponding legal needs, removing legal barriers to better health for patients with limited financial resources. We work alongside medical professionals at 36 New York hospitals and medical facilities, including NYC Health + Hospitals, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center, CancerCare, and many more. 

Social determinants of health
the non-medical circumstances (i.e. housing, income, food security, immigration status, etc.) that directly affect one’s healthlimit access to and quality of medical care. This reality makes LegalHealth not only pioneering, but necessary.


 clients served through the 34 hospitals and healthcare facilities in which NYLAG attorneys are embedded throughout New York City


Our LegalHealth attorneys support patients’ legal needs, so that patients can focus on improving their health. Here are some ways we help:

  • Securing government benefits, including Medicaid
  • Addressing housing problems
  • Handling immigration concerns
  • Assisting veterans with disability claims and discharge upgrades
  • Planning ahead (e.g. wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney, and guardianship)
  • Solving insurance disputes (e.g. denials of medical claims, prescription coverage, denial or disputes involving short- or long-term disability benefits)

Are you a doctor or medical provider?  We offer information, training, and more to help health care providers understand their roles  in addressing patients’ non-medical needs. Visit legalhealth.org to learn more.  

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The Latest on LegalHealth

Norwood News: NYC Health + Hospitals Expands Legal Services for Patients

New York City Health + Hospitals announced the expansion of its medical-legal partnership with NYLAG’s LegalHealth division to address a variety of patients’ health-harming legal needs. Randye Retkin, LegalHealth Unit Director, shared with Norwood News the importance of this partnership in providing legal services in our public hospitals.

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