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Megan Gordon

  • Hosted by Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance
  • Sponsored by The Art Lerner Memorial Fellowship
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school Georgetown University Law Center
  • Issue area Economic Justice, Health Care, Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Fellowship class year 2022
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Megan’s Fellowship will provide legal services to vulnerable cancer patients in Washington, D.C. and will help clients address unmet needs surrounding health insurance matters.

The impact of a cancer diagnosis is life-changing and often devastating for patients and their families. In addition to the physical, mental, and financial issues associated with cancer, many patients also face unexpected legal challenges. Unfortunately, it is also at this critical time that patients are more likely to lose health insurance coverage, have a gap in coverage, or not be able to access the services they need.

Fellowship Plans

Megan will work with the Cancer Legal Assistance and Wellbeing (Cancer LAW) project at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, a collaboration with Georgetown’s Health Justice Alliance, which provides pro bono legal services to cancer patients receiving care at the hospital. After developing a new screening tool to identify patients with health insurance needs, Megan will work with patients referred for these and related legal issues. She will enroll patients in coverage, appeal improper denials of coverage, pursue retroactive Medicaid funds, and create resources to train future attorneys in this work. She will also collaborate with pro bono partners to create a Medicare Part D enrollment clinic to ensure that patients enroll in the best plan for their needs.

Cancer invites complicated legal problems. When I can help with their legal issue, patients can focus on their healing.

Megan Gordon /
2022 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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