Maritza Hernandez, RN – FIU Health Law & Policy Clinic Client (l-r); Natalie Castellanos – staff sttorney, FIU Health Law & Policy Clinic; Pamela Roshell – regional director (Region IV), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Betsy Havens – attorney and Equal Justice Works fellow, Florida Legal Services, Inc.; Jersey Garcia – executive director, MI LOLA; and Jeannett Spencer – Department of Labor, Wage & Hourly Divisions lead discussion on benefits of the Affordable Healthcare Act. — Miami Times photo/Jose Perez
On Saturday, September 15, 2012 the Florida International University Health Law and Policy Clinic staff attorney, Natalie Castellanos, participated in the National Council of Negro Women’s National Health Care Reform Tour.
Castellanos graduated from FIU College of Law in 2011, where she was active as president of the International Law Students Association and worked at the Carlos A. Costa Immigration and International Human Rights Legal Clinic.
The two-part event – a health fair and a health care reform information session – was held at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens. Castellanos was one of six panelists who participated in the information session, discussing health care reform and its effect on the FIU Health Law Clinic’s clients to an audience of seventy. Joining Castellanos onstage was one of the clinic’s clients, Maritza Hernandez, who courageously shared her personal story of attempting to access health care after she lost her full-time job as a nurse, had no health insurance, and was diagnosed with a degenerative spinal disease.