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Alex Berke

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Alex Berke

Alex Berke

Name of Host Organization: Community Service Society
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Health Care
Sponsors: Pfizer Inc., Kaye Scholer LLP

The Project

Alex utilized legal advocacy to ensure continuity of care for low-income, chronic illness-affected New Yorkers transitioning between Medicaid in the Affordable Care Act-created Marketplace and other health insurance programs

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
More than 2.1 million New Yorkers have enrolled in health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace. An estimated 50,000 individuals in New York transition between Medicaid and private insurance annually. Approximately 30% of these New Yorkers are likely to be dealing with a chronic condition. Navigating the complex system of insurance eligibility is not something most New Yorkers can do easily. Advocacy is needed to ensure that clients are placed in the most affordable insurance plan they are entitled to and that the plan they enroll in covers their ongoing access to critical medical services.