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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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Fixing holes in the safety net

Thanks to our legal actions with the Shriver Center and pro bono support from Goldberg Kohn, hospitals and health centers are once again getting reimbursed for the vital Medicaid-funded health services they offer to 3.1 million low-income children and adults throughout the state. And today, the Governor and General Assembly came to terms and approved legislation to allow $5.4B of federal funds to pass through to important Illinois health and human service programs. This includes $58M of Ryan White funding, which means HIV medical assistance programs (CHIC/ADAP) are fully funded through early 2016. We will continue to monitor payments to our health partners, and hope that by next year, a sound state budget will be in place for CHIC/ADAP along with Early Intervention, mental health, and other life-saving programs. Stay...

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