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Texas MLPs

Austin Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is a collaboration that produces better health outcomes by embedded attorneys and paralegals within healthcare teams to detect, address, and prevent health-harming legal needs for people and communities. For example, such partnerships can force landlords to remediate poor housing conditions that aggravate a patient’s asthma, increase access to care by helping patients establish eligibility for Medicaid, improve educational services for children with special needs, or help patients escape violent domestic situations.

 

Austin MLP’s partners include People’s Community Clinic and Texas Legal Services Center, both established nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing high-quality assistance to underserved Central Texans, as well as other organizations across the region. A national leader in practice in community health centers, Austin MLP is part of a movement that includes nearly three hundred healthcare facilities.

 

 

Austin MLP:

  • Improves health outcomes by eliminating or mitigating circumstances that prevented patients and family members from good health and well-being, including issues related to food insecurity, income supports, and unhealthy living conditions;
  • Trains healthcare providers, staff, residents, students and other stakeholders on the connections between health, law, and poverty;
  • Increased facility reimbursement through counsel or representation on dozens of cases related to insurance eligibility and coverage;
  • Increased patient ability to pay through recovery or avoidance on disability, public benefits, housing, and other cases meriting extensive representation; and
  • Increased provider satisfaction by cooperatively addressing socio-legal needs that interfere with practice at the top of the provider’s license.

 

What else does Austin MLP do?

  • Improve the health of patients through onsite screening, resource connection, and direct and referral legal services, all at no cost to the patient;
  • Train frontline healthcare staff to be effective advocates with a thorough understanding of and comfort with discussing socio-legal determinants of health;
  • Decrease uncompensated care costs by assisting patients in accessing previously unattainable coverage, benefits, and other services;
  • Reduce emergency services use, overcrowding, and delayed care for patients with true emergency needs through resolution of legal impediments to preventive care; and
  • Empower the community to be healthy through multilingual education on the connections between unmet legal needs and health issues, local outreach, and media involvement.

 

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Logo: White Medical Cross inside a light blue circle with the words Austin Medical Legal Partnership below the circle and cross.
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TLSC Logo. A blue and red 5 point star to the left of the words Texas Legal Services Center
Logo: White Medical Cross inside a light blue circle with the words Austin Medical Legal Partnership below the circle and cross.
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TLSC Logo. A blue and red 5 point star to the left of the words Texas Legal Services Center
Logo: White Medical Cross inside a light blue circle with the words Austin Medical Legal Partnership below the circle and cross.
TLSC Logo. A blue and red 5 point star to the left of the words Texas Legal Services Center
Logo: White Medical Cross inside a light blue circle with the words Austin Medical Legal Partnership below the circle and cross.
Logo: White Medical Cross inside a light blue circle with the words Austin Medical Legal Partnership below the circle and cross.
Click to Donate to support TLSC
Logo: White Medical Cross inside a light blue circle with the words Austin Medical Legal Partnership below the circle and cross.
Click to Donate to support TLSC
Logo: White Medical Cross inside a light blue circle with the words Austin Medical Legal Partnership below the circle and cross.
TLSC Logo. A blue and red 5 point star to the left of the words Texas Legal Services Center
Logo: White Medical Cross inside a light blue circle with the words Austin Medical Legal Partnership below the circle and cross.