To say that Jerusha Hancock is happy to be settled in as Nebraska Appleseed’s Staff Attorney for the Health Care Access Program might be an understatement. “I’ve moved 17 times in 25 years, so I’ll let you do the math,” she jokes. After completing her undergraduate degree at UNL, Jerusha took a break from Nebraska life to earn a Masters in Counseling at Denver Seminary before returning to Lincoln to complete her law degree at UNL.
During law school Jerusha heard about Appleseed as a clerk for the Lancaster County Attorney. “Appleseed was always spoken of highly,” she said. A passion to serve others carried Jerusha through law school and through three years as a clerk for Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican. After her appointment with Justice Heavican ended, Jerusha started looking for opportunities where she could put her passion for advocacy to use. “I knew I didn’t want to work for a big firm,” she commented, so an opening at Nebraska Appleseed ended up being the perfect fit. Jerusha joined the staff this past January.
As the Staff Attorney for Appleseed’s Health Care Access Program, Jerusha has many responsibilities. A typical day could include policy research, determining Medicaid eligibility requirements or educating the public about the Affordable Care Act. Although shouldering such a wide variety of responsibilities could be taxing, Jerusha takes it all in stride.
“I’ve always had a passion for health care access due to my personal struggles and those of people that I know,” she said. “We’re getting people to listen and a conversation is taking place” to address health care access in Nebraska. “We’ve made great strides in the last few years, and there are even more positive changes to come.”
Nebraska Appleseed is proud to welcome Jerusha to the team!