Lawyer Detail

Sarah Somers

Managing Attorney

The National Health Law Program & the Network for Public Health Law - Southeastern Region Office

National Health Law Program
200 N. Greensboro Street, Ste D-13
Carrboro, NC 27510


Areas of Expertise

  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Medicaid

Available For

  • Speaking Engagements
  • Technical Assistance



Publications and Research


Sarah Somers, J.D., M.P.H. is managing attorney of the National Health Law Program’s (NHeLP) North Carolina office. She specializes in litigation and litigation support intended to advance access to quality health care for low income and other underserved people. Working with health and poverty law advocates across the country, she engages in litigation, research, writing, and training on the Medicaid program, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Affordable Care Act, among other issues. She has represented clients in numerous state and federal courts, including the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits. Her publications include A North Carolina Advocate’s Guide to the Medicaid Program (2006); Health Care Reform for Native Americans: The Long-Awaited Permanent Reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, 44 J. POV. LAW & POLICY 365 (Nov-Dec. 2010); The Affordable Care Act:  A Giant Step Toward Insurance Coverage for All Americans, 44 J. POV. L. & POLICY 330 (Nov.-Dec. 2010) (co-author). She is also a co-author of An Advocates Guide to the Medicaid Program (2011). Before coming to NHeLP, she worked for the Native American Protection and Advocacy Project on the Navajo Nation, where she represented children in special education and Medicaid cases. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.