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Accessing Benefits / Acceso a los Beneficios

Links, resources, and information to make sure you get all benefits you’re entitled to

Everyone deserves to feel financially secure. But sometimes money is tight. Or you may be concerned that you’re not getting paid all of your wages. Check out the resources below for information about accessing benefits and asserting your rights as a worker.

  1. To start the benefits screening process with the CASH Campaign of Maryland, visit: The CASH Campaign can work with you to make sure you get all the benefits you’re entitled to – from housing to food to Medicaid, and more.
  2. For a one-page summary on the CASH Campaign’s benefits screening, click here.
  3. For help with SNAP (food stamps) benefits, visit and call Maryland Hunger Solutions at 1-866-821-5552 for an appointment.
  4. For information about the CASH Campaign’s free tax preparation help, visit
  5. Workers’ Rights and Benefits: A training on workers’ wage rights (and how to assert them) and benefits (and how to get them)
  6. For a one-page summary of common violations of employee rights in Maryland, click here.

Enlaces, recursos e información para asegurarse de que obtiene todos los beneficios a los que tiene derecho

Todos merecen sentirse financieramente seguros. Pero a veces el dinero es apretado. O puede que le preocupe que no le paguen todos sus salarios. Consulte los recursos a continuación para obtener información sobre el acceso a los beneficios y la afirmación de sus derechos como trabajador.

  1. Para comenzar el proceso de selección de beneficios con la Campaña CASH de Maryland, visite: La Campaña CASH puede trabajar con usted para asegurarse de que obtenga todos los beneficios a los que tiene derecho, desde vivienda hasta alimentos, Medicaid y más.
  2. Para obtener un resumen de una página sobre la evaluación de beneficios de la Campaña CASH, haga clic aquí.
  3. Para obtener ayuda con los beneficios de SNAP (cupones de alimentos), visite y llame a Maryland Hunger Solutions al 1-866-821-5552 para una cita.
  4. Para obtener información sobre la ayuda gratuita de preparación de impuestos de la campaña CASH, visite
  5. Derechos y beneficios de los trabajadores: Una capacitación sobre los derechos salariales de los trabajadores (y cómo hacerlos valer) y los beneficios (y cómo obtenerlos)
  6. Para obtener un resumen de una página de violaciones comunes de los derechos de los empleados en Maryland, haga clic aquí.

Camilla Roberson

On October 25, 2017, we lost our beloved colleague Camilla Roberson. Camilla led our Access to Health and Benefits Project, scoring many victories to improve access to care for thousands of low-income Marylanders. She compelled the State to eliminate a backlog of applications for Medicaid on the basis of disability and to start processing applications on time. She ensured that dental and health care providers arrange for interpreters for Deaf clients. As chair of the Governmental Access Workgroup, she organized state agencies, advocates, and providers to make sure that language is not a barrier to receiving public benefits and health care. As a member of the Workplace Justice Project, she worked to make sure that the Unpaid Wage Lien Law would be a tool for workers to recover their unpaid wages. She was also a champion of incorporating race equity into the work of the PJC and the Maryland Alliance for the Poor, a statewide coalition of anti-poverty advocates. Her life and work are celebrated in this tribute in the Baltimore Sun.

Camilla Roberson was a staff attorney working primarily in the areas of health rights and juvenile justice. Prior to joining the PJC, Camilla worked in a variety of settings, including three and a half years as a class action litigation associate at Schneider Wallace Cottrell Brayton Konecky LLP, a civil rights firm in San Francisco, California. She also completed a Skadden Fellowship as part of the Safe Families Project at the Legal Aid Society – Juvenile Rights Division in New York, where she represented child witnesses of domestic violence in child protective proceedings.

During law school, Camilla interned with the Legal Aid Society, the National Center for Youth Law, the Welfare Law Center (now the National Center for Law and Economic Justice) and Human Rights Watch – Children’s Rights Project. She also volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Brooklyn and trained as a community mediator. Between law school and college she worked at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, a home for orphaned and abandoned children in Honduras; taught reading and Spanish in the Baltimore City and Baltimore County schools respectively; and taught English as a Second Language with EBLO (Education Based Latino Outreach).

Camilla was a Baltimore native and a graduate of Columbia Law School, University of Virginia, and the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. She was also a supporter of ATD-Fourth World Movement, a human rights-based antipoverty movement.

Ashley is the lead attorney for the Public Justice Center’s Health and Benefits Equity Project, which supports policies and practices that promote the overall health of Marylanders struggling to make ends meet. The Project seeks to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes. Prior to joining the Public Justice Center in 2018, Ashley worked at Disability Rights Maryland (formerly Maryland Disability Law Center) as a mental health attorney. In that role, she provided direct representation and brief legal services to individuals with behavioral health disabilities in civil rights issues and advocated for systemic changes to Maryland’s behavioral health system to improve the lives of behavioral health consumers.

Ashley graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law with her Juris Doctor and the Health Law Certificate in 2015. She received the Public Service Award in recognition of her legal work that significantly advanced the public interest during her law school career.

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Pregnant woman meeting with nurse in clinic to discuss pregnancy

Many systemic barriers keep people from attaining their highest level of health. Some healthcare providers fail to provide language interpreters to those in need. Maternal health providers often aren’t trained to be culturally sensitive to expectant Black mothers. With rising costs of food and other necessities, safety net services that support individuals and families struggling to make ends meet like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Cash Assistance Program (TCA) do not provide enough support and flexibility in meeting needs of individuals and families in Maryland. Further, the experience and feedback of directly impacted individuals is often not valued as expertise. These are just a couple of the ways that our healthcare systems and safety net services fail our communities, and in particular, fail people with low-incomes and people of color.

The Public Justice Center’s Health and Benefits Equity Project uses legal tools to reform these systems. We advocate to protect and expand access to healthcare and safety net services for Marylanders struggling to make ends meet. We support policies and practices that are designed to eliminate economic and racial inequities and enable every Marylander to attain their highest level of health. 

Here’s what we’re working on:

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CHW Advocacy Coalition
Public Justice Center
We want to advocate with you!
The Public Justice Center is working with Community Health Workers (CHWs) and other advocates to build a coalition to advocate for reimbursement of CHW services and work to address other inequities in the field. The coalition's advocacy will be shaped by the experiences and expertise of Maryland's CHW community and their priorities. 
CHWs play a crucial role in improving health outcomes for Maryland's low-income patients, but they report facing a host of barriers in their work, including lack of stable funding sources and respect and recognition as an important member of the patient care team. 
Together we can change this!
Improving outcomes
CHWs reduce racial and economic health inequities and have a unique understanding of the communities they serve. They go beyond medical issues and the doctor's office to promote overall well-being. 
Valuable work
CHWs reduce the rate of hospital readmissions. Every dollar invested in CHW interventions yields $2.47 in annual returns to the average Medicaid payer.
And yet...
70-80% of CHW positions are funded by inconsistent or time-limited sources like grants and pilot programs. CHWs are underappreciated, underpaid, and underutilized. 
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410-625-9409 ext. 277,

CHW Advocacy Coalition

We want to advocate with you!

The Public Justice Center is working with Community Health Workers (CHWs) and other advocates to build a coalition to advocate for reimbursement of CHW services and work to address other inequities in the field.

The coalition’s advocacy will be shaped by the experiences and expertise of Maryland’s CHW community and their priorities.

CHWs play a crucial role in improving health outcomes for Maryland’s low-income patients, but they report facing a host of barriers in their work, including lack of stable funding sources and respect and recognition as an important member of the patient care team.

Together we can change this!

Contact Paralegal David Reische to learn more and get involved in the coalition: (410) 625-9409 x277,

Join End Medical Debt Maryland in fighting against predatory medical debt collection practices by hospitals!

Have you or someone you know been taken to collections or sued by a hospital because of medical debt? Please join us in fighting against predatory practices from hospitals with End Medical Debt Maryland! PJC is an active member and co-chair of the Advocacy committee for End Medical Debt Maryland, a coalition of organizations and community members advocating to pass comprehensive medical debt reform, educating Marylanders on their patients’ rights in debt collection, and eliminating other barriers to healthcare. For more information on joining the coalition, please contact Paralegal David Reische at or (410) 625-9409 x277.


A group of people in the Maryland General Assembly building

During the 2023 Maryland legislative session, we successfully advocated with directly impacted community members and anti-poverty advocates to require the Department of Human Services to reimburse more than 3,800 households whose food and cash assistance benefits were stolen through Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card theft to the tune of $2.5 million dollars. To learn more about this advocacy and protections for households who have experienced theft under the new reimbursement law, check out the video from this Justice for Breakfast presentation.

In December 2022, Centro SOL and the Public Justice Center released a collaborative report, Speaking the Language: The Right to Interpretation & Translation Services for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Needs in Maryland, which is available in English and Spanish here. The report finds that in Maryland, many mental health providers do not offer or refuse to provide interpretation and translation services that enable communication between individuals with limited English proficiency and their providers, despite receiving federal financial assistance that requires providers to provide language access to patients. This failure is two-fold as the State of Maryland has not provided strong monitoring and enforcement of language access rights and provider obligations embedded in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, leaving individuals with limited English proficiency with little recourse.

Together with the Reproductive Health Equity Alliance of Maryland, worked with the Maryland Department of Health to establish the Doula Technical Assistance Advisory Group, which draws on leadership and insight from birth workers, researchers, advocates, and people with lived experience and aims to lay a foundation for equitable and inclusive voluntary doula certification and Medicaid and private insurance reimbursement for doulas. Expanding funding and access to community-based doulas can help address racial disparities in maternal healthcare. As a result of our advocacy, Maryland joined a handful of states in providing doula Medicaid reimbursement in early 2022. 

Worked in coalition with End Medical Debt Maryland to successfully advocate for the passage of the 2021 Medical Debt Protection Act, a strong foundation for protecting low-income Marylanders’ livelihoods, homes, and potential for intergenerational wealth transfer from harmful hospital medical debt collection practices.

Worked with the Maryland Hepatitis Coalition and Marylanders Against Poverty to expand access to Hepatitis C medication, successfully advocating to remove a requirement that Maryland Medical Assistance beneficiaries have liver damage in order to be eligible for treatment. To learn more about this advocacy and the barriers to accessing Hepatitis C treatment through Maryland’s Medicaid program, check out the video from this Justice for Breakfast presentation.

Filed a lawsuit that compelled the State of Maryland to eliminate a backlog of over 9,000 Medicaid applications for people with disabilities and agree to promptly process all applications going forward.

Filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service after a local Kool Smiles dental office failed to provide an interpreter to a Deaf client. The complaint resulted in Kool Smiles implementing a number of changes to ensure that its employees accommodate Deaf and hard of hearing clients at its 125 locations across the country.