Presented on September 21, 2011
For cancer patients, knowing your legal rights, options and deadlines can make the difference between finding yourself unemployed and uninsured, and taking the appropriate steps to protect your job and health insurance.
The good news: There are laws that provide protections, and there is help to make sure you understand how those protections work for you. The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is a non-profit legal organization available to provide free legal assistance and counseling on an individualized and confidential basis.
In this webinar, attorney Jamie Ledezma of the CLRC will discuss the most common cancer-related legal issues for patients and survivors, including: health insurance options; employment rights and reasonable accommodations in the workplace; taking time off work; and access to disability insurance and government benefits, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
Jamie A. Ledezma is a staff attorney at the Cancer Legal Resource Center, a national, joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School. Ms. Ledezma is also an Adjunct Professor at Fresno City College, University of Phoenix and DeVry University.
As a cancer survivor, Ms. Ledezma spends much of her free time volunteering with cancer organizations and advocates to ensure all patients have access to quality healthcare. Ms. Ledezma serves as the Public Policy Chair for the California Collaborative of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, on the Board of Directors for the Central Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and as a member on the Board of Directors for Sisterhood of Survivors. She also speaks regularly at various events including legislative hearings, healthcare engagements, high school and college programs and to cancer-advocacy groups.