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Announcing MedLaw for Low Income and Elderly Patients

New Legal Service Provided In Partnership by Atrium Health Navicent, Mercer University School of Law and Georgia Legal Services Program

Atrium Health Navicent is pleased to introduce MedLaw, an interdisciplinary team comprised of legal, social and medical workers that will provide free civil legal services to qualified Atrium Health Navicent patients. MedLaw is provided in partnership between Atrium Health Navicent, Mercer University School of Law and Georgia Legal Services Program.

A ribbon cutting for MedLaw's new office will be held on Tuesday, November 29 at 10:30 a.m. at The Medical Center, Navicent Health's Albert Luce Heart Institute (777 Hemlock Street, Macon). The community is invited to attend this event to learn more about services provided by MedLaw.

MedLaw will serve Atrium Health Navicent patients who are low income or over the age of 60 and whose health, treatment or recovery is impeded by a legal need directly related to the patient's health, when the patient has attempted to remedy the situation but has received an adverse response.

"Our goal is to help low income and elderly Atrium Health Navicent patients navigate the sometimes confusing legal system in cases where care may be affected. Our desire is to improve the health of our patients by removing any barriers to needed health services and care, in hopes of leading the citizens we served to a greater level of health and wellness," said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, President and CEO of Atrium Health Navicent.

MedLaw looks forward to working with patients to remedy situations related to a number of issues, including but not limited to the following:

o Discharge from Long Term Care Facility or Home Health Program

o Social Security, after termination or denial

o Access to health insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare

o Housing and Utilities

o Income Maintenance, including food stamps and veteran's benefits

o Guardianships

o Advance Directives and Qualified Income Trusts (QITs)

o Family Law in cases of domestic abuse when a legal need may affect access to care

Other non-criminal cases will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

MedLaw is located at The Medical Center, Navicent Health (777 Hemlock Street, Macon). Representatives of MedLaw are available to meet with patients Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. To schedule a consultation, please call (478) 633-8108.

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