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The Pink Project

While cancer patients and their families should be focusing on treatment and well-being, they are often simultaneously struggling with legal issues related to health insurance coverage, consumer debt, permanency planning, maintaining stable permanent housing and more.

To address this need Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) created the Pink Project, a specialized program to provide free civil legal services to eligible survivors of breast cancer and those battling breast cancer.  This important project allows the attorneys at LSHV to assist these individuals in critical legal cases.  The Pink Project lets the attorneys worry about the legal problem, so our client can focus on their health.

LSHV is grateful to have this project as a result of funding received through the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA) initiative. With this funding, we are able to assist breast cancer survivors and those battling breast cancer who live in the Hudson Valley.

The Pink Project protects the rights of individuals and their families.  Specifically, the Project assists residents with evictions and associated housing issues; Public Benefits, such as Temporary Assistance , Food Stamps ( SNAP), Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income ; stand by guardianship and other advanced planning; consumer debt issues; employment issues; private insurance issues; and family law and domestic violence.

The “Pink Project” protects the rights of individuals and their families in areas including:

Housing

Matters – for example, eviction and related issues

Income Maintenance / Health Insurance and Basic Needs

  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Cash Assistance / Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Food Stamps (SNAP)

Family Law

  • Domestic Violence
  • Custody and Visitation
  • Standby Guardianship

Advanced Planning

Power of Attorney – A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document giving one person (the agent or attorney-in-fact) the power to act for another person (the principal). The agent can have broad legal authority or limited authority to make legal decisions about the principal’s property, finances or medical care.

Advanced Directives – Advanced Directives are legal documents detailing the wishes of an individual in regard to medical treatment and procedures, i.e., which treatments and procedures he/she wishes to accept or refuse.

Health Care Proxies – A health care proxy is a legal document through which an individual appoints an agent, e.g., a family member or close friend, who is authorized to make medical decisions for him/her when he/she is incapable of making or executing the decisions stipulated in the proxy. Doctors, other healthcare providers and hospitals must follow the agent’s decisions as if they were the individual’s.

Living Wills – A living will is a legal document that tells others what your personal choices are about end-of-life medical treatment. It lays out the procedures or medications you want—or don’t want—to prolong your life if you can’t talk with the doctors yourself.

Simple Wills and Estates

Consumer Debt Issues

specifically, medical debt

Employment Matters

i.e., advice and counseling on cancer-related workplace discrimination and employee rights and options, including reasonable accommodation requests and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave.

Private Insurance Matters

i.e., wrongful denials of coverage by private insurance companies

By collaborating with many community partners including White Plains Hospital Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club, and the Cancer Support Center, LSHV helps families impacted by breast cancer to access additional resources that enable them to focus on healing, while also addressing their complex legal issues.

LSHV also offers online and community-based (when that is once again safe) presentations to educate patients, survivors, healthcare professionals and caregivers, and members of the private bar about critical medical, legal and personal issues around breast cancer.

To access the Pink Project, call LSHV’s toll free number at 877-574-8529