Erlanger Health Law Partnership (EHLP), a collaboration between Erlanger Health System and Legal Aid of East Tennessee, provides free, direct legal services to patients whose household incomes are at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
The office is located on the first floor of the Erlanger Baroness Campus, between the Blood Assurance Office and the Post Office.
Erlanger Health Law Partnership (EHLP) is a community collaboration of the Erlanger Health System and Legal Aid of East Tennessee. By combining the health care expertise of hospital professionals with the legal expertise of attorneys, the Erlanger Health Law Partnership can provide services to address the legal, policy, and ethical issues that affect patients’ health.
The patients served by the Erlanger Health Law Partnership face many barriers to accessing the services of an attorney, including lack of transportation, lack of knowledge about the availability of services, language barriers and mistrust of the legal system. To address the poverty-driven risk factors that affect asthma and other health conditions, EHLP was founded to provide legal services for Erlanger patients.
What We Do
Erlanger Health Law Partnership places an attorney into the medical setting, mitigating these barriers and building on the trust developed in the physician-patient relationship. By placing a poverty law attorney from Legal Aid of East Tennessee directly into Erlanger’s main location on the Baroness campus, EHLP aims to help patients with issues such as substandard housing, lack of access to public support programs, and family violence.
Erlanger Health Law Partnership can assist with legal issues that include:
- Public benefits, such as food stamps
- Domestic violence
- Employment, such as Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Power of attorney and advanced directives
Here are some examples of how Erlanger Health Law Partnership can help qualifying patients:
Education: A local school tells a young mother that she needs to home school her child because the school cannot accommodate the child’s need for insulin shots. Our lawyers can help negotiate the child’s insulin shots while at school, where the child is legally entitled to be.
Housing: A little boy with chronic asthma goes to the emergency department multiple times. A doctor can only address the asthma, but a partnership with EHLP can determine the cause: an apartment infested with mold. An EHLP attorney can negotiate secure, safe housing for the boy and his family.
Permanency Planning (Guardianship): A grandmother cares for her three young grandchildren, one of whom is seriously ill, following her daughter’s death. She needs assistance establishing guardianship for the minor children so she could consent to medical care for her sick grandchild. Our lawyers can assist her in becoming the children’s legal guardian.
Public Benefits (Supplemental Security Income): A young mother is diagnosed with a severe disease and a shortened life expectancy, but is denied Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. EHLP lawyers can appeal the denial and present judges with evidence to support a favorable decision.