The Legal Action Center (LAC) seeks a Health Policy Attorney in its New York office to work on cutting edge legal and policy issues related to health care privacy and access to care, particularly addiction and mental health services. The Attorney in this newly created position also will join LAC’s advocacy efforts to reorient the criminal justice system away from punishment toward health.
About the Organization: LAC is a private, not-for-profit law and policy organization, with offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. LAC is the only organization in the country whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with criminal records, drug or alcohol histories, and/or HIV/AIDS. LAC is a national leader in ensuring that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands access to health insurance and care for people with substance use and mental health disorders and for people in the criminal justice system. LAC is also a leading advocate for the privacy of alcohol and drug treatment and HIV information.
Job Responsibilities: The Health Policy Attorney will spend approximately half of his/her time engaging in policy work to promote effective implementation of the ACA as well as the federal parity law, which requires mental health and substance use disorder benefits to be covered at parity with medical and surgical benefits. The Attorney will spend the rest of his/her time on issues relating to the confidentiality of substance use treatment information, especially as it relates to electronic health records and integration of care. The position will require some travel to LAC’s office in D.C., as well as to other states. Responsibilities include:
- Staffing a project to help adolescent substance use prevention and early intervention programs understand and comply with the federal law governing the confidentiality of substance use treatment and prevention records.
- Participating in all aspects of LAC’s alcohol and drug confidentiality work, including: updating LAC’s publications and other educational materials; conducting trainings; providing legal counsel to treatment providers nationwide through LAC’s telephone hotline; and participating in the public policy debate about how to ensure confidentiality in a changing health care environment. The Attorney also will work on HIV privacy issues in New York.
- Conducting policy research and analysis of federal and state legislation, statutes, regulations and policy guidance; writing policy materials for Congress, state policy-makers and advocates; and helping to develop and implement policy advocacy strategies. This policy work is integral to LAC’s efforts to take advantage of opportunities created by the ACA to improve access to care for LAC’s constituencies.
- Conducting educational presentations and trainings on health policy issues to inform and empower stakeholders to strengthen the effectiveness of their advocacy.
- At least two years’ experience with health policy issues is strongly preferred. Ideal candidate would have knowledge of private insurance, Medicaid, and the ACA, familiarity with the criminal justice system, and public policy experience.
- A passion for advocacy to expand access to health care and to eliminate discriminatory policies is essential.
- J.D., admitted (or candidate for admission) in New York.
- Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, and analytic skills, including the ability to explain complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences.
- High level of independence, initiative and creativity, demonstrated problem solving skills, and the ability to multi-task and work in teams.
- Strong networking skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with individuals, organizations and government agencies and well as to work with diverse groups of people.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including medical insurance, 403(b) plan with employer contribution, and pre-tax flexible benefits.
Please e-mail a resume and brief cover letter (no calls) to firstname.lastname@example.org and write Health Policy Attorney in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but please apply as soon as possible. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from our constituency: people with histories of substance use, involvement in the criminal justice system, and HIV/AIDS.