Last April, Facebook joined an effort by law firm Fenwick & West and the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (Calif.) in which attorneys from the three entities donate their time to advise low-income seniors and disabled adults on how to qualify for affordable healthcare coverage via clinics established by the latter two.
After Facebook attorneys were involved in seven counseling sessions and donated 266 hours, which resulted in 85 individuals qualifying for affordable healthcare coverage, the social network, the law firm, and the organization announced their renewed commitment to the clinics Tuesday.
The clinics are aimed at serving individuals and families in the grey areas where their incomes are above the federal poverty level but too low to enable them to afford healthcare expenses.
Nair Flores, who co-chairs Facebook’s legal pro bono group with Ed Palmieri, said in a press release announcing the renewed commitment:
Facebook views this partnership as an important part of our ongoing effort to be a good neighbor in our local community.
Kelly Simpson, a volunteer in the program, added:
It’s rewarding to see our legal team provide this service to people in San Mateo County.
Tricia Berke Vinson, directing attorney at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, said:
Too often, we see seniors deciding between paying their rent or purchasing their medicine. Medi-Cal laws are terribly complex, and our clients are often confused and hopeless, which is why Legal Aid is grateful to the Facebook and Fenwick team for giving their time to help our clients who would otherwise have nowhere to turn.
And Fenwick & West Litigation Partner and Pro Bono Program Chair Patrick Premo added:
Partnering with Facebook and Legal Aid in a way that benefits seniors, disabled adults, and others in need of access to legal services and affordable healthcare is extremely rewarding. This is a wonderful program, and we’re honored and proud to support it.
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