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HEALTHCARE LEGAL PARTNERSHIP HELPS FAMILIES THROUGH
ROUGH TIMES
BY LEYKN SCHMATZ
The Warsama family’s fourth child was born with signi cant health conditions and disabilities. Given her complex medical needs, the child was hospitalized for several months at Children’s Minnesota in Minneapolis. Her parents were under incredible stress, working full-time and caring for three oth- er children. Then they learned that their medically fragile child would need her own bedroom to protect her from infection.
When the baby came home, the three older children moved into the par- ents’ bedroom. Several months lat-
er, the baby was hospitalized again for surgery, and the Warsamas realized they would need to move.  eir youngest would continue to need special care and attention, and  ve people in one bedroom was simply not sustainable.
 e family found an a ordable three- bedroom apartment, but their current landlord said they would need to pay a break- lease fee of over two thousand dollars and o ered a payment plan of $20 per month until it was paid o .  e Warsamas took the proposed break-lease agreement to their social worker at Children’s, seeking guidance.  ey wanted to follow the rules and pay their bills, but they were worried about being able to a ord even a low monthly payment.
Children’s Minnesota and Legal Aid have established a Healthcare-Legal Partnership (HLP), to address exactly these types of situations – where a family’s legal needs interact with the health and well-being of kids.
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