Public Benefits Law

RAGLEPHOTO-2013LADC_8966-smallOur public benefits attorneys work to secure access to critical safety net benefits so that our clients are able to obtain the governmental services and assistance to which they are legally entitled.  We provide direct client representation in administrative appeals, litigation, and agency advocacy in matters involving a broad range of public benefits including food stamps, unemployment insurance, health care, and TANF, among others.

Systemic work is also a large part of our public benefits practice. Our attorneys have been working closely with the D.C. government to ensure that the Affordable Care Act is implemented humanely and sensibly in the District. We also play an active role in advocating for improvements in the District’s TANF program.

In addition, every year since 2007, our public benefits attorneys organize clinics each December in which teams of lawyers and volunteers go into the community to help low-income beneficiaries navigate the Medicare Part D drug benefit program. Through these clinics, we have been able to help ensure the health and stability of hundreds of individuals every year.

The latest Public Benefits-related posts from Legal Aid’s blog,

Domestic Violence Awareness: The Effects of Financial Abuse
By Carolyn Rumer, posted on Oct 29, 2018
DC Pro Bono Week Coming Soon – Join the Celebration!
By Jodi Feldman, posted on Oct 01, 2018
Proposed “Public Charge” Rules Harm Immigrant Families
By Jennifer Mezey and Jeannine Gómez, posted on Sep 24, 2018