Erica Pun

  • Hosted by Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
  • Sponsored by Pfizer Inc.
  • Service location San Mateo
  • Law school Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Issue area Consumer Rights, Health Care
  • Fellowship class year 2008
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Patients often defer medical care when they cannot afford to pay their bills, making medical debt a barrier to health care access. California's Hospital Fair Pricing Policies provides safeguards for low-income patients by mandating that hospitals offer charity care, discounts and limits on collection practices. Using this new consumer protection law, I will provide legal advocacy to patients with medical debt and pursue legislative improvements in order to combat the devastating effect of medical debt on San Mateo County's most vulnerable patients.

The Inspiration

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