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ISBE can you hear me?

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

ISBE can you hear me?

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...

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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. According to Dr. Nicole Hamp of the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital: For children who have been poisoned by lead there can be lifelong developmental consequences including lower IQ, decreased academic achievement, and an increased incident of behavioral disorders. However, while the brain of a young child can be more vulnerable to insult, it is also more capable of overcoming injury. Early Intervention (EI) is designed to take advantage of a time in life when the brain is the most plastic and amenable to change. Through an Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD) grant, Legal Council is launching a pilot program dedicated to breaking systemic barriers to EI services among lead-exposed children. This pilot will work with medical and EI providers and families to develop best practices for training, educating and serving children who have been exposed to lead. Learn more about this pilot and Early Intervention in our press release.   Infographic Sources: Class Size Around the World, New York Times 2017 Healthy Housing Fact Sheet, National Center for Healthy...

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Thank your local congressperson

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Advocacy, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thank your local congressperson

Nine hardworking Congresspeople sent a letter demanding answers to charges of discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS by insurance plans. The letter was signed by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA).

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Special education expose

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Advocacy, Special education | 0 comments

Special education expose

First in a series of investigative reporting from WBEZ reveals the Chicago Public Schools overhauled special education and relied on a “secret” set of guidelines “that resulted in limiting services for special education students, services like busing, one-on-one aides, and summer school.”

Our child health policy leader Amy Zimmerman is quoted extensively. Some excerpts below. Read the entire article here.

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Join our team

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Home Page Sliders | 0 comments

Join our team

Legal Council for Health Justice has several employment opportunities available, including Staff Attorney for Medicaid Advocacy and two AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Visit our careers page to learn more.

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Graham-Cassidy

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Advocacy | 0 comments

Graham-Cassidy

Excerpted from our comments submitted by policy director Carrie Chapman to the Senate Finance Committee Hearing on Graham-Cassidy Bill: If this proposal succeeds, the devastating financial impact on Illinois is clear (Avalere Health, September 20, 2017). By shifting Medicaid expansion funds and the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) financial assistance into the “Market Based Health Care Block Grant Program,” Illinois will lose $8 billion dollars between 2020 and 2026 as a penalty for expanding Medicaid in our state—a lawful and fiscally wise decision for Illinois. When this block grant expires, Illinois will lose $10 billion in 2027 alone. When taken together with other reforms in the proposal, including a dangerous per-capita-cap for the traditional Medicaid program, Illinois will lose a total of $153 billion in federal funding for health care, more than all but four other states. This is a patent violation of the compact that Congress created with the states in the Medicaid program and an unfair use of federal power to disadvantage states. Read the entire statement here....

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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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