2015 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Antoinette Pollard

Antoinette Pollard

City, State: West Palm Beach, Florida
Issue area: Children/Youth, Health Care
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Florida Bar Foundation

The Project

Antoinette will provide direct representation and systemic legal advocacy to ensure foster children obtain the necessary healthcare within rapidly changing complex Medicaid programs.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
The transition to managed care under Medicaid has created much confusion for Florida’s foster children, including unexpected changes in benefits, denial of care, loss of providers, and out of pocket payments for critical treatment. Children’s attorneys don’t have time or resources to develop expertise in healthcare. They lack knowledge of the complex Medicaid system and need support to protect their clients’ rights. Children without attorneys have an even greater need for help. Specialized legal representation is required to protect the rights of this vulnerable population to receive the care to which they are entitled and on which they depend.
The Right Person For This Project: 
Antoinette is the right person for the project because:
• Her 30 years of experience in the healthcare and employee benefits industry gives her expertise that will be valuable in resolving healthcare issues
• Her business acumen will aid in her development of relationships and networks to address issues
• Her work with children and past internships with Legal Aid of Palm Beach County have firmly established her intent to practice as an advocate for children
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship: 
In the first six months, Antoinette will:
• Begin direct and co-representation of foster children with unmet healthcare needs
• Network with agencies and managed care organizations to establish channels to resolve issues
• Develop communication material to publicize her project as a resource for the community

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