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Insights Into Cancer – December 11, 2012

Cancer-Related Employment and Insurance Issues: What all Patients and Caregivers Need to Know

Presented by Jen Flory

About the Lecture

A cancer diagnosis can bring with it a myriad of legal, financials, and insurance issues. Navigating these issues can be complicated, overwhelming, and stressful. But it doesn’t have to be. This presentation identifies the most common cancer-related legal issues that arise for survivors and caregivers, including: health insurance and health care options; employment rights and taking time off work; and access to disability insurance and paid family leave benefits. Jen Flory explains the laws that protect people and provide access to benefits to help people navigate these cancer-related legal issues. He also covers the ways that the Affordable Care Act (health care reform) applies to people coping with cancer.

About the Speaker

Jen Flory is the Director of the Cancer Legal Resource Center, a joint project of Disability Rights Law Center and Loyola Law School Los Angeles. Prior to joining CLRC, she was the Supervising Attorney of the Health Consumer Center at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County where she supervised the center’s consumer assistance hotlines and the legal work of three Medical Legal Community Partnerships. Jen started her legal career as an advocate at Western Center on Law & Poverty, specializing in medical debt and preserving public benefits for low-income Californians. Jen has also worked as an immigration attorney in London and taught writing in community colleges. She is a graduate of USC Gould School of Law and holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Penn State and a B.A. in English and Spanish from Chapman University in her hometown of Orange, California. She spends all her free time outdoors.

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