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Law & Policy

Whitman Walker Health’s Law & Policy work is centered on three areas: legal services, public benefits and insurance navigation, and policy.

Legal Services

We help clients with workplace rights, public benefits, immigration cases, debt collection, wills/powers of attorney/health care directives, and transgender matters, among other legal issues. We provide direct legal advocacy, representation, and advice to clients in these areas.

Public Benefits and Insurance Navigation

Whitman-Walker Health has team of Public Benefits and Insurance Navigators that are certified experts on the Affordable Care Act (new health care law). The team helps people find insurance plans that meet their needs. They also meet with all medical, dental, and behavioral health patients who don’t have insurance to see if they qualify for health insurance and help them enroll.

Policy

Whitman-Walker’s policy shop works on a range of issues important to LGBT health, the continuing fight against HIV, and healthcare reform generally. It works closely with local, regional and national advocacy groups to contribute Whitman-Walker’s unique perspective as a provider of direct health and legal services.

Cori Alonso-Yoder

Cori Alonso-Yoder

Supervising Attorney

202.939.7664 | e-mail

Ana Corina “Cori” Alonso-Yoder is the Supervising Attorney for the Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services Program. She supervises the Program’s staff attorneys across practices areas and represents LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants... Read More

Guillaume R. Bagal III

Guillaume R. Bagal III

Public Policy Associate

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Guillaume Bagal joined Whitman-Walker in January 2016 as a Public Policy Associate. He studied biology and sociology at East Carolina University and is completing a master’s degree in health policy... Read More

Daniel Bruner

Daniel Bruner

Senior Director of Policy

202.939.7628 | e-mail

Daniel Bruner is the Senior Director of Policy at Whitman-Walker. His expertise is in discrimination in employment and health care; insurance and employee benefits; and privacy issues. He previously served... Read More

Erica Deray

Erica Deray

Staff Attorney

202.939.7691 | e-mail

Erica Deray represents clients on a variety of legal issues and oversees the Social Security disability initial applications clinic. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker in 2014, she was a legal fellow... Read More

Allison Dowling

Allison Dowling

Staff Attorney

202.797.3555 | e-mail

Allison Dowling is a Staff Attorney at Whitman-Walker’s Max Robinson Center in Southeast Washington, DC, focused on public benefits law, including applications, advocacy, and appeals for Social Security, Medicare and... Read More

Lee Hicks

Lee Hicks

Legal Services Operations Manager

202.939.7627 | e-mail

Lee Hicks is Operations Manager of the Legal Services Department, supporting the legal services staff by streamlining operations, coordinating pro bono activities, and acting as the first-line of contact for... Read More

Olivia Hunt

Olivia Hunt

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow

202.797.4401 | e-mail

Olivia Hunt is an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, and oversees the Name and Gender Change Clinic at Whitman-Walker. Her work is focused on removing barriers to employment for... Read More

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter

Staff Attorney

202.797.4414 | e-mail

Denise Hunter is a Staff Attorney representing LGBT and HIV-positive individuals in immigration and related legal matters. She also collaborates to offer training and mentoring to volunteer attorneys in providing... Read More

Erin M. Loubier

Erin M. Loubier

Senior Director of Health and Legal Integration and Payment Innovation

202.939.7662 | e-mail

Erin Loubier is Senior Director for Health and Legal Integration and Payment Innovation, where she focuses on the critical collaborations between traditional health care services and legal services to promote... Read More

Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson

Director of Patient Legal Services

202.939.7625 | e-mail

Amy Nelson is the Director of Patient Legal Services. In this role, she manages staff attorneys and legal fellows; handles her own caseload related to transgender access to health care,... Read More

Murray Scheel

Murray Scheel

Senior Staff Attorney

202.939.7695 | e-mail

Murray Scheel is a senior staff attorney focusing on legal services and policy initiatives to address the needs of elderly individuals who are LGBT or living with HIV/AIDS. He came to... Read More

Leonor Suarez

Leonor Suarez

Intake Coordinator

202.939.7630 | e-mail

Leonor Suarez joined Whitman-Walker as the Intake Coordinator and comes to us with many years of experience in legal services including 20 years as a senior paralegal at Greater Boston Legal... Read More

Krisztina Eva Szabo

Krisztina Eva Szabo

Staff Attorney

202-939-7676 | e-mail

Krisztina Eva Szabo represents clients on a variety of legal issues, including access to health care and public benefits. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker in 2014 Szabo worked at Ayuda and at... Read More