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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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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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We won’t go back to 1964!

In the days after the 2016 election, we have thought long and hard about likely targets with a new administration and Congress. We see a new war on the poor with the first target being access to essential healthcare.

Medicaid is the principal program that provides access to medical care to the poor in Illinois. Since 1965 as part of the War on Poverty, Medicaid has been a remarkable program, providing life-saving healthcare for low-income Americans. And, the Affordable Care Act (aka ACA or ObamaCare) expanded Medicaid to single, childless adults living at or near poverty.

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5 Things I learned from Kate (or trauma-informed care 101)

Legal advocate Kate Miller travels all over the city to meet with clients who are homeless with severe mental illness. She helps them get disability benefits. One Wednesday, I tagged along to see her work in action. It was a day full of perspective. Here are just five of the things I learned: 1. Small successes can be huge. Early in the day, one man agreed to a mental health evaluation. I didn’t realize the gravity of this decision until he left and Kate rejoiced, stating that his willingness to undergo the assessment demonstrates huge progress, not only for his case, but for his mental health as well. By agreeing to a simple mental health evaluation that will likely demonstrate that he cannot work, he is taking a huge step in achieving benefits and receiving care. 2. Great partners...

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Silo busters

Last week we were delighted to attend the rollout of Chicago Department of Health’s draft “Healthy Chicago 2.0 Plan”

The event was the culmination of many months of action planning teams meeting and developing goals, objectives, and strategies to improve health equity in Chicago.

One of the highlights was an insightful presentation by Dr. Mindy T. Fullilove, Columbia University professor, psychiatrist and award-winning author of Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities. Attendees gave Dr. Fullilove a well-deserved standing ovation.

Team members at Legal Council for Health Justice were proud to contribute to the new plan, participating in and lending our expertise to action teams working on expanding partnerships and community engagement and strengthening child and adolescent health.

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Might as well be the 1980s

For all the talk about and medical advances in HIV treatment, and even a vaccine which could flush out the virus and allow the body’s immune system to destroy infected cells, the fact of the matter is, that if you are poor and a minority, it might as well still be the eighties.

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