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Stay-put protections

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in School Issues, Special education | 0 comments

Stay-put protections

Governor Rauner signs a bill drafted by Legal Council for Health Justice which clarifies and strengthens the ability of parents and guardians to pursue mediation where there are disagreements with the school about their child’s special education services. In addition to clarifying the process for children to continue to receive special education services during the entire mediation process (called “stay-put protections”), the bill also requires updating of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards for special education that parents must receive. This notice had not been updated since 2009!

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Client focus: Frank

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Client Stories | 0 comments

Client focus: Frank

Frank suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child and has been a patient at one of our medical partner sites ever since. Unfortunately, when Frank was 18 years old, he was in a severe car accident, leaving him with more complex medical issues including severe paraplegia.

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I <3 Medicaid

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Medicaid | 0 comments

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Have you ever written a love poem? Was it an ode to Medicaid?

Here’s a thoughtful and elegiac social media post from one of our wonderful legal advocates, Marina Kurakin:

I <3 Medicaid. I want to hug it and squeeze it for keeping me alive as a kid…

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Chaos to order?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Advocacy | 0 comments

Chaos to order?

Yesterday Judge Lefkow ordered the State of Illinois to negotiate a plan with us to pay over $2 billion in overdue Medicaid bills. The State’s failure to pay as a result of a three-year budget impasse puts millions of adults and children — as well as the entire safety net health system — at risk. Read the entire press release here and the court order here.

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Stay tuned

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Advocacy | 0 comments

Stay tuned

Good news! Judge Lefkow issued a court order late today in our high impact Medicaid litigation with Shriver Center and Goldberg Kohn. We will be issuing a joint statement with co-counsel tomorrow.

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Client Focus: Kiara

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Client Stories | 0 comments

Client Focus: Kiara

Kiara and her daughters Jada and Imani experienced a rough few months. A death in the family unexpectedly changed finances, and Kiara fell behind on rent. When her landlord filed for eviction, Kiara was incredibly anxious. She needed a new place to live and was facing an eviction on her record. All the stress put her in the hospital for a week. All the while, Jada and Imani were going to school, Imani prepping for graduation as a senior. Fortunately, because of Jada’s involvement in the CHECK program because of her asthma, our advocates found out about the family’s legal problems and jumped in to address them. The Legal Council got the landlord to dismiss the eviction by working out a payment plan. In addition, once Kiara and the girls moved, legal advocates made sure that the girls still continued to go to the same school. Now, Kiara is calmer, has no eviction on her record, and is getting her family’s finances in order, while Imani is about to graduate high school with the friends she has been with for...

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We’ll double down

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Access to health | 0 comments

We’ll double down

As an organization that has fought for clients with chronic health care conditions for 30 years, we decry the House of Representatives’ vote today to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and make it harder for Illinoisans, and Americans, with chronic health care needs to receive the medical care they need to prosper. The bill passed today by the House of Representatives is deeply flawed and will make Americans less healthy and less able to support themselves and their families. We stand with the millions of Americans who face loss of health care should this bill become law. We will continue our work to preserve the gains in health care through the Affordable Care...

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Client Focus: Bria

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Client Stories | 0 comments

Client Focus: Bria

For the first few years of Bria’s life, her grandmother took care of her. Bria’s mom was a drug addict, and Bria and her brothers were born with cocaine in their systems.

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Reaching the Summit

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Child health | 0 comments

Reaching the Summit

Legal Council for Health Justice participated in the 12th Annual National Medical-Legal Partnership Summit this past April in Washington, DC. This year’s summit theme—Integrating Health and Legal Services to Transform Care Delivery—attracted a fantastic turnout of dedicated MLP (Medical-Legal Partnership) health care providers, MPH researchers, social work, hospital and health care system administrators and lawyers

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Misunderstanding Medicaid

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Medicaid | 0 comments

Misunderstanding Medicaid

A letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune to correct a misstatement about Medicaid, from our former executive director, Ann Hilton Fisher.

I appreciated “Stakes High in State as Medicaid Retool Looms,” but want to correct a misleading impression left by Jonathan Ingram’s quote “people who gained coverage under Medicaid expansion have no disabilities keeping them away from the workforce or children to care for. It’s an issue of employment, not health insurance.”

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