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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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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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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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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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