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Client Focus: Early Intervention

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Client Stories | 0 comments

Client Focus: Early Intervention

At age 2, Rashaan was not talking at the level of most children his age. Fortunately, his doctor noticed this delay, diagnosed autism, and ensured that he would receive Early Intervention (EI) speech therapy. EI ends at age 3, but federal law mandates that children in EI be evaluated to transition smoothly into special education services. However, Rashaan’s mother filed multiple requests for the evaluation but failed to get results. Because of the connection between our Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children program and Rashaan’s medical providers, we were informed of this case and many more like it. Program director Amy Zimmerman filed a class complaint with the Illinois State Board of Education, eventually winning the battle and ensuring continuity of care for young children with delays and disabilities. As a direct result of the complaint, the Chicago Public School district reevaluated their failing transition process and developed a more efficiently designed process that holds staff more...

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3rd Annual May (DISCO) Ball

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Home Page Sliders | 0 comments

3rd Annual May (DISCO) Ball

Event Chair Philip Tortorich and our hostess Dr. Nabeela Rasheed extend a cordial invitation for you to attend the Legal Council for Health Justice’s 3nd Annual May Ball! Dr. Rasheed will welcome us at her stunning turn-of-the-century, HGTV-featured residence in the West Loop. SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017 – 8PM to MIDNIGHT Join us for a spectacular evening of celebration, champagne, cocktails, delectable fare, and dancing…all in support of the Legal Council’s work providing free, expert legal care the most vulnerable among us. This year’s theme is May DISCO Ball, so it’s time to bust out the fancy dress or tux. Remember to dress to impress! On behalf of the clients in need whom Legal Council serves each day, we look forward to celebrating with you on May 6. Thank you to our generous sponsors! (in formation) PLATINUM Kirkland & Ellis LLP Sidley Austin LLP GOLD Jenner & Block LLP Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP Winston & Strawn LLP SILVER Foley & Lardner LLP Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Mayer Brown LLP McDermott Will & Emery LLP BRONZE Clark Hill PLC MB Financial Bank Reed Smith LLP Seyfarth Shaw LLP Sidetrack Takeda Pharmaceuticals Wintersteen & Associates LLC MEDIA ChicagoPride.com DecisionQuest GRAB Magazine Voxbox Windy City Media Group...

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We all screen for healthy futures

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Advocacy | 0 comments

We all screen for healthy futures

A new law our child health advocacy team helped shape adds developmental and social and emotional screenings to child health examinations for all children in Illinois. As a result, families will know of a child’s developmental or mental health difficulties earlier and have access to resources to address these issues. “Not only will screenings benefit both the child and family, they will also help fight stigma and increase awareness of the importance of early identification and intervention,” says Amy Zimmerman, director of the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children at Legal Council for Health Justice. Read the full press release HERE....

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Moving 2017

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017 in Around the Council, Home Page Sliders | 0 comments

Moving 2017

Legal Council for Health Justice has moved its office as of Feb. 3, 2017. Please find us in our new home at: 17 N. State Street, Suite 900 Chicago, IL...

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The changing healthcare landscape

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Access to health | 0 comments

The changing healthcare landscape

Update on the Healthcare Landscape Under the New Administration Looking to hear more about how the Trump administration might affect healthcare and health insurance? Wondering how these issues will impact your clients and your work? Join us on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 12:15 – 1:30PM to hear from local experts on the proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), Medicaid, Medicare, and other health policies. This session is a great opportunity for updates if you’ve missed other chances! It is also a perfect for pro bono, non-profit, and private attorneys of all disciplines to obtain a basic framework around these issues. You can join in person at the Chicago Bar Association (321 S. Plymouth Ct.) or via webcast on the CBA website. MCLE credit is also available! Registration is not...

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Highlights from 2016

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Advocacy | 0 comments

Highlights from 2016

2016 resulted in a banner year in the (nearly) thirty-year history of the Council. A few highlights of our work made possible because of your support: A record number of clients served: 1,823 A record number of cases handled: 2,860 Significant expansion of the Council’s medical-legal partnerships (MLP): We opened three new MLPs across the region, including a major expansion of the Council’s children’s program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Over 1,300 children with disabilities in Illinois are receiving home care when they would have otherwise been forced into an institutionalized hospital setting. More than $18,000,000,000 (yes, billion!) in funding was made to life-saving safety net healthcare providers in Illinois. Our HIV program staff successfully negotiated with the Illinois Department of Public Health to prevent the termination of life-saving insurance premium assistance to HIV-positive individuals. We greatly expanded services to people at risk for HIV seeking access to PrEP, a medication regimen that is highly effective in reducing infection rates. Nationally, 70% of disability benefit claims are denied, while our homeless program has a 90% client success rate. You helped make these accomplishments happen, but there is so much more to do in 2017. This work will continue at full force and we anticipate over 2,000 clients will receive direct legal help in 2017. With the coming cuts to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, demand will only increase. We are going to fight cuts in funding for healthcare access for our communities and federal actions that threaten the civil rights of those we serve.  And, we are expanding—we will be serving patients at all five of Howard Brown Health’s clinics and we are looking to expand our provision of legal services for children to new medical sites. Our pledge is to continue to use the power of the law to secure health, dignity, and stability for children, adults and families challenged by illness and disability. Thanks for standing with...

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Ham-B-I-N-G-O

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ham-B-I-N-G-O

Join our Board of Ambassadors on Sunday, February 19, at 8pm for HamBingo! HamBingo is a charity event held @ Hamburger Mary’s (5400 N. Clark Street in Chicago), with February 19 benefiting Legal Council for Health Justice. Just show up that evening for the fun! Hosted by the Bingo-Diva Velicity Metropolis, this is NOT your typical “church basement bingo.” The show can get a little risqué, so enjoy the drink specials and leave the kids at home! It’s all about having fun while supporting the Legal Council. Guests are asked to make a $15 donation to play all night (10 games, three chances to win each game). All proceeds will go directly to the Legal Council and our legal programs helping low-income people in need. There will also be special shots and drink specials that benefit the Legal Council as well, so “eat, drink, and...

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On the first day of the new congress

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Advocacy | 0 comments

On the first day of the new congress

On the first day of the new Congress, Republicans introduced a budget resolution making good on their threat to repeal the ACA with no plan for the millions of people who will lose their access to healthcare. Equally devastating, Republican leadership has proposed deep cuts to federal support for Medicaid via block grants or “per capita caps” which would shift billions in costs for health care to Illinois.

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Makes you want to scream

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Advocacy | 0 comments

Makes you want to scream

Republicans in Congress introduced a budget resolution that includes instructions to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is the first step in the process to repeal and delay, taking health care coverage away from 30 million, and consumer protections from millions more. Here’s what you can do.

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Training to Sustain

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Child health | 0 comments

Training to Sustain

At Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (CMLPC) meetings, legal advocates ask questions about cases, share perspectives, and tell success stories. Last week, Sarah Hess, a staff attorney in the UIC Coordination of Healthcare for Complex Kids (CHECK) program, shared a particularly meaningful success.

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