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Medicaid Matters in the Opioid Crisis

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in Access to health | 0 comments

Medicaid Matters in the Opioid Crisis

In 2016, more Americans died from drug overdose than in both the Vietnam War and Iraq War combined. Two-thirds of these overdoses involved opioids. Over two million Americans are dependent on opioids, and medical professionals worry that this public health crisis will only continue to grow. In Illinois, 14.1 percent of deaths in 2015 are drug-related. Despite these numbers, there are treatments to help people with an opioid use disorder—and those treatments work.

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Do No Harm to Illinois Health

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Access to health, Advocacy, Legislative Bills | 0 comments

Do No Harm to Illinois Health

As both Congress and the President continue to threaten the well-being of Illinoisans through cutting benefits, rolling back consumer protections, and restricting access to coverage, we must ensure protections at the state level to guarantee any attempt to restrict access to healthcare is open to public debate, oversight, and scrutiny.

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Medicaid Matters for Children and Families

Posted by on Apr 6, 2018 in Access to health | 0 comments

Medicaid Matters for Children and Families

April is Medicaid Awareness Month, and we’re publishing a series of blogs called Medicaid Matters. In this series, we explore how Medicaid expansions have provided quality, affordable health coverage to children, seniors, working families, and people with disabilities. This week is dedicated to children and families.

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What’s at the intersection of health care and social needs? Medical-legal partnerships.

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Access to health | 0 comments

What’s at the intersection of health care and social needs? Medical-legal partnerships.

A single mom has to choose between paying for her diabetes medication and paying to feed her two children. A toddler is exposed to lead while playing at home and now has trouble developing his learning and language skills. A young law student drops out of school after being diagnosed with cancer in order to save money for medicine that costs $100,000 per year. Here at Legal Council for Health Justice, we know the effect social needs have on individual health.

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Press for Progress: International Women’s Day

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Access to health, Advocacy, Insurance | 0 comments

Press for Progress: International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, Legal Council is celebrating all of the historic gains to women’s coverage won through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion! With these expansive health policies, women now have greater access to maternity care, improved breast cancer care, and the guarantee that insurance companies cannot charge women more for coverage. Other gains for women’s coverage include: States that expanded Medicaid (including Illinois!) saw improved newborn outcomes, with significant decreases in infant mortality. (Newsweek, Jan. 31, 2018) Uninsured rate for women of reproductive age decreased. (Women’s Health Issues Journal, Feb. 28, 2018) Uninsured rate for women with gynecologic cancer decreased. (Gynecologic Oncology, June 2017) With lower costs, more women received mammogram screenings, improving the care and prevention of breast cancer. (Brown University, Jan. 17, 2018) Despite these gains, we also know that the fight for health justice isn’t over. Recent attacks on the Affordable Care Act threaten to take away these hard-won achievements. Not to mention Illinois faces its own roadblocks in coverage for women: 7.7% of Illinois women ages 18-64 are uninsured, compared to 10.6% women uninsured nationally. There’s still much to be done, but with your help, we can continue the fight for health equity and health justice for...

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Beyond Shame & Stigma

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Around the Council | 0 comments

Beyond Shame & Stigma

Our sold out panel discussion “HIV Criminalization: Beyond Shame & Stigma,” co-sponsored with our friends at TPAN, was a great success this past Thursday, Feb 15. The expert panel included Maurice Chapman formerly of South Suburban HIV/AIDS Regional Clinics, Dr. Trevor Hoppe of SUNY-Albany and author of Punishing Disease, Vera Lamarr of Sex Workers Outreach Project, and Scott Schoettes of Lambda Legal.

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Client focus: Kenneth

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Client Stories | 0 comments

Client focus: Kenneth

Coming from a chaotic and abusive household–where his mother would abuse him both physically and mentally–Kenneth had few resources.

Though he suffered from depression that dated back to his childhood, Kenneth was still able to get his Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) degree and worked as a nurse for five years at a hospital in Virginia. It was during this time that Kenneth first pulled his back while lifting a patient at work. Shortly thereafter, he lost his job. After this, Kenneth’s depression grew as he went from working as a nurse, to becoming a construction worker, to working maintenance at a fast food restaurant, to eventually becoming unemployed and homeless.

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On to 2018

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Around the Council | 0 comments

On to 2018

Did you know that we have a big birthday coming up? Legal Council is turning 30!

Together we have accomplished so much in those 30 years. Your support has provided tens of thousands of people facing illness and disability with the opportunity to pursue their full potential. But the political climate is working against us all. This will likely be one of the most challenging years ever.

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ISBE can you hear me?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Advocacy | 0 comments

ISBE can you hear me?

(Nov. 17, 2017) Advocates held a press conference at Chicago’s Thompson Center this morning. Thirteen legal and education groups including Legal Council for Health Justice sent an open letter to the Illinois State Board of Education today, requesting an independent investigation of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Special Education program in light of investigative journalism from WBEZ revealing undisclosed budget cuts and creation of a secret manual mandating policies resulting in decreased provision of Special Education services. Read the full letter here. UPDATE (Dec. 15, 2017): One week after the resignation of CPS CEO Forrest Claypool as a result of an unrelated ethics probe, the Illinois State Board of Education announced a public inquiry will be conducted to examine Chicago Public Schools special education practices. Advocates will continue to monitor. Related links: CPS Secretly Overhauled Special Education At Students’ Expense, WBEZ, Oct. 2017 Illinois State Board of Education announcement to investigate systemic issues (audio only), Dec. 13, 2017 State panel to examine special education practices at Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Tribune, Dec. 15, 2017  ...

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New Ways to Combat Lead-Poisoning

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Child health | 0 comments

New Ways to Combat Lead-Poisoning

In 2015, 10,322 kids in Illinois had elevated lead levels in their blood–and that’s only the kids tested. Many children don’t have access or aren’t eligible for the services necessary to help children after lead exposure. Those services are called Early Intervention.

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