As managing attorney at NLSLA, Katie Murphy oversees all of the organization’s health-related programs, including the Health Consumer Center—which provides direct legal services, community education, and policy advocacy and support—and the Medical Legal Community Partnership program, a groundbreaking program that puts lawyers in community health clinics in some of Los Angeles’ poorest neighborhoods to address the social determinants of health.
Prior to coming to NLSLA, Katie was senior attorney at the Western Center on Law and Poverty, where she worked for 10 years. Katie held a prestigious Skadden fellowship from 2000 – 2002 and worked primarily in the health advocacy unit.
In her current work, Katie plays a leadership role in statewide and local advocacy on Medi-Cal eligibility issues, with particular emphasis on retention of coverage, health advocacy for children and families, and administrative implementation and simplification. She serves as the statewide advocacy representative on several stakeholder workgroups and committees, and provides legal technical assistance to state and county agencies revising eligibility policies and to sponsors of health reform bills. Katie has received numerous public service awards and has been named one of “Southern California’s Rising Stars” by LA Magazine.