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Elizabeth K. Green

Attorney at Law

I am passionate about representing patients whose health benefits have been wrongly denied. Healthcare is only as good as the means to pay for it. When health plans and insurance companies deny benefits, it derails a patient’s course of treatment and impacts their health. 

Whether the denial involves mental health treatment, medication, durable medical equipment, surgery, cancer treatment, or other healthcare needs, I have the expertise to craft successful administrative appeals and litigate cases to recover health benefits for patients. 

One of my favorite moments in a case is the initial phone call with new clients. I explain the appeal or litigation strategy, potential risks and outcomes, and the plan moving forward. I strive to be a good listener and really listen to my clients’ struggles, their futile attempts to get health benefits paid, their frustration when receiving a form letter denying benefits, and their uphill challenge to get proper healthcare when payment is not guaranteed. 

I am in awe of the strength of clients and their families who manage a chronic illness or sudden injury or devastating loss. My passion stems from the determination of clients who have worked so hard to manage through a health crisis and to get their health benefits approved and have been unfairly disappointed with a denial of benefits.

My goal is to relieve my clients of the burden of trying to get health benefits paid so that clients can focus their attention on their healthcare needs. For litigation, I work on a contingency basis which means I do not get paid unless I am able to recover benefits for my clients.
 
I am a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles with a double major in English and Women Studies. I received my law degree from American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. I have been licensed to practice law in California since 1998. 
 

I was born in Illinois, raised in California, and love raising our family in Southern California. I am married and we have three teenagers, a college student and two high school students. My other loves include running nearby trails to clear my head and brainstorm, playing with our dogs, and reading all sorts of fiction and nonfiction books.

Presentations & Articles

  • Co-Panelist, “Mental Health Parity and the No Surprises Act: Navigating the Latest Guidance and Enforcement Trends,” American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Midwinter Symposium on Employee Benefits, ERISA, Life, Health & Disability Insurance, and Insurance Regulation, February 2024

  • Co-Presenter, ” Chronic Illness and Insurance: Navigating the Challenges,” The Center for Chronic Illness, July 21, 2022
 
  • Co-Presenter, ” How to Fight for Insurance Coverage,” NAMI Greater Los Angeles County, March 10, 2022
 
  • Co-Presenter: ” Navigation Mental Health Insurance With Kantor & Kantor, LLP”. NAMI California Town Hall, February 8, 2022
  • Co-Panelist, “Hot Topics in Health Benefits,” American Bar Association Employee Benefits Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, February 2024

  • Co-Panelist, “Shedding the Light on Employer Responsibility Under MHPAEA,” ABA Employee Benefits Committee, January 20, 2022
 
  • Presenter, “Navigating Mental Health Insurance Claims and Appeals During a Pandemic,” International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, March 18, 2021
 
  • Presenter, “Navigating Mental Health Insurance Claims and Appeals During a Pandemic,” International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, March 18, 2021
 
  • Co-Presenter: “Insurance Coverage for Eating Disorder Treatment” The University of Southern California Gold School of Law, February 25, 2020

Types of Health Cases We Represent

We represent patients to recover benefits for a variety of healthcare needs. These are a sampling of health cases:

Medical Health Cases

  • Power wheelchair for college student with cerebral palsy
  • Surgery to repair an implanted stimulator
  • Medication for treatment of multiple sclerosis
  • Medication for treatment of narcolepsy
  • Rehabilitation for quadriplegia
  • Air ambulance
  • Brain injury
  • Cochlear implant
  • Back surgery
  • Treatment of cancers with IMRT (intensity-modulated radiation therapy) or PBRT (proton beam radiation therapy)
  • Gender affirming care

Mental Health Cases

  • Residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient treatment for eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, substance abuse, and other mental health diagnoses. 
  • Treatment for patients of all gender from as young as 10 years old.

We have represented clients in lawsuits filed in all federal courts in California, and many other states, including Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Kansas, Texas, Illinois, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. 

Recent Health Decisions

  • K.G. v. University of San Francisco Welfare Benefit Plan, No. 23-CV-00299-JSC, 2023 WL 5599009 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 28, 2023)

 

  • Greenwell v. Grp. Health Plan for Emps. of Sensus USA Inc., 2022 WL 3134110 (E.D.N.C. Mar. 29, 2022)

 

  • Doe v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, 492 F. Supp. 3d 970 (D. Ariz. 2020)

 

  • Jamie F. v. UnitedHealthcare Ins. Co., 474 F. Supp. 3d 1052 (N.D. Cal. 2020)

 

  • Jessica U. v. Health Care Serv. Corp., 2020 WL 6504437 (D. Mont. Nov. 5, 2020)

 

  • S.B. v. Oxford Health Ins., Inc., 419 F. Supp. 3d 344 (D. Conn. 2019)

 

  • Munnelly v. Fordham Univ. Fac., 316 F. Supp. 3d 714 (S.D.N.Y. 2018)

 

  • V. v. Health Care Serv. Corp., 2016 WL 4765709 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 13, 2016)

 

  • Noah U. v. Trib. Co. Med. Plan, 138 F. Supp. 3d 1134 (C.D. Cal. 2015)

 

  • Lauren B. v. Baxter Int’l Inc. & Subsidiaries Welfare Ben. Plan for Active Employees, 298 F.R.D. 571 (N.D. Ill. 2014)

 

  • Lukas v. United Behavioral Health, 2013 WL 223111 (9th Cir. 2013)