The Cancer Legal Assistance Center
In 2016, JALBCA awarded an $86,000 grant to The Cancer Legal Assistance Center.
The Cancer Legal Assistance Center (CLAC) is a medical-legal partnership at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York. The CLAC has a dedicated full-time attorney from LSED who works in collaboration with ECMC oncology staff, with a focus on serving the needs of the Breast Oncology Unit of the Center for Oncology Care. Additionally, the CLAC has a network of volunteer attorneys, provides community education, and conducts systems-level advocacy in order to address the legal and societal needs of breast cancer patients in eight Western New York counties. Legal issues involving housing, health insurance, employment rights, access to benefits, estate planning and consumer debt, among others, become sources of stress for breast cancer patients and can even be a barrier to receiving medical treatment. The CLAC seeks to enhance the lives of breast cancer patients and survivors by addressing these needs within the walls of the hospital.