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Medicaid Matters for Children and Families

April is Medicaid Awareness Month, and we’re publishing a series of blogs called Medicaid Matters. In this series, we explore how Medicaid expansions have provided quality, affordable health coverage to children, seniors, working families, and people with disabilities. This week is dedicated to children and families.

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Press for Progress: International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, Legal Council is celebrating all of the historic gains to women’s coverage won through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion! With these expansive health policies, women now have greater access to maternity care, improved breast cancer care, and the guarantee that insurance companies cannot charge women more for coverage. Other…

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CPS Special Ed under investigation

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has begun a “Public Inquiry” into CPS’s handling of special education concerns in response to a coordinated effort by Legal Council for Health Justice and other educational advocacy organizations and groups representing parents, teachers and principals.  As part of its investigation, ISBE will conduct public hearings where parents and…

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Legal Council Awarded Innovation Grant from Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2017 Contacts: Amy Zimmerman, 312-605-1963, azimmerman@legalcouncil.org Jill Wohl, 312-605-1980, jwohl@legalcouncil.org Legal Council Awarded Innovation Grant from Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities Grant to fund new approaches to break down barriers to Early Intervention among lead-exposed children Chicago, IL—Legal Council for Health Justice was awarded one of seven Illinois Council on…

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Governor Signs “Stay Put” Legislation Making it Easier to Resolve Special Education Disputes

August 22, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Jill Wohl, 312-605-1980, jwohl@legalcouncil.org Governor Signs “Stay Put” Legislation Making it Easier to Resolve Special Education Disputes HB 2618 Helps Families Pursue Mediation Instead of Lawsuits CHICAGO, IL – Unanimously passed by the General Assembly in June, Gov. Rauner signed HB 2618 into law last week. The legislation,…

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Legal Council Celebrates Mexico with Annual Summer Bash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 4, 2017 For more information, contact Kevin Mork at 312-605-1976 or kjmork@legalcouncil.org Legal Council for Health Justice Celebrates Mexico with ¡BIENVENIDOS! Benefit on August 17 Legal Council for Health Justice will host its annual summer benefit at Sidetrack in Lakeview on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM. This year’s event…

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Hospital program gives families free legal support

July 10, 2017 Jacqueline Carey 312-996-8277 jmcarey@uic.edu twitter.com/JCareyUIC Hospital program gives families free legal support Chicago families with kids who have complicated medical conditions now have easier access to legal help, thanks to a new partnership between the University of Illinois at Chicago and Legal Council for Health Justice. Under the partnership, families participating in…

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Illinois Ordered to Increase Monthly Healthcare Payments

June 30, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jill Wohl, 312.605.1980, jwohl@legalcouncil.org Ambar Mentor-Truppa, 312.809.8048, amentor@povertylaw.org David Chizewer 312.201.3938, david.chizewer@goldbergkohn.com State of Illinois Ordered to Increase Monthly Payments for Healthcare Payments are essential to sustain access to care during the budget impasse, even if other state priorities suffer CHICAGO—In the face of the State of Illinois’s…

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Lefkow Medicaid Court Order Press Release

June 7, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jill Wohl, 312.605.1980, jill@legalcouncil.org Ambar Mentor-Truppa, 312.809.8048, amentor@povertylaw.org David Chizewer 312.201.3938, david.chizewer@goldbergkohn.com State of Illinois Ordered to Increase Payments on $2 Billion in Overdue Medicaid Bills Caused by State Budget Impasse State Must Expand Payment to Preserve Safety Net System Serving Children, People with Disabilities, and Elderly Across…

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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…

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