Center for Civil Justice, national program renew Health Law Partnership

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and the Center for Civil Justice have renewed its Health Law Partnership Project (“Project”) to ensure access to Medicaid eligibility and services and Medicaid coverage during and after the public health emergency, with a commitment towards achieving health equity.

“With the potential unwinding of the public health emergency, we want to ensure that health disparities in our state are lessened or eliminated. We will advocate for laws, policies and practices that counteract structural racism, institutional barriers and implicit bias in the healthcare system,” stated Kelly Bidelman, CCJ’s executive director.

“NHeLP is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion internally and to seek health equity in the work that results from this partnership with CCJ. Communities of color, low-income individuals, women, immigrant communities and underserved populations experience health care disparities. Access to healthcare must be free from discrimination regardless of income or identity,” said Jane Perkins, legal director of NHeLP.

The goals of the Health Law Partnership Project include preserving and protecting access to high quality health care, including through Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act and educating policymakers and the public on the importance of Medicaid and what proposed changes will mean for people in the state of Michigan.

Center for Civil Justice ( advocates for the rights of people experiencing poverty in Michigan. CCJ strives to achieve systemic change that improves the lives of low-income Michigan residents and secure greater access to basic needs. CCJ is committed to addressing racial disparities within the state’s healthcare system.

National Health Law Program ( is a national organization that protects and advances health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families through advocacy, education and litigation at the federal and state levels to advance health and civil rights in the United States. 

Their litigation and policy experts fight for the rights of millions of people struggling to access affordable, quality healthcare coverage free from discrimination.


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