Chronic illnesses are made worse by social issues such as lack of food, housing, domestic and family issues, education and benefit denial issues. Often times, Blank finds that a child may struggle to return to school after a chronic illness because the school will not make necessary accommodations or a family fails to qualify for public benefits for which their child appears to be eligible. Through the MLP, Blank offers patients direct access to legal consultation and support – at no cost to the patient or family. An attorney from Iowa Legal Aid will be located onsite and will serve as part of Blank’s comprehensive care team.
In the first week the program was made available, five families were referred to the MLP for service. Blank estimates more than 150 patients will benefit from the MLP annually.
BrownWinick attorneys and staff designated Wednesday, May 20 through Friday, May 22, 2015 as jeans days in exchange for a donation to MLP. The firm raised $620 for this very worthy program.