Posts by Dani Hunter

New Program Gives Justice-Involved Persons Living with Serious Mental Illness Free Legal Support

Justice-involved individuals living with serious mental illness now have access to civil legal assistance, thanks to a new partnership between Legal Council for Health Justice and Thresholds. Under the partnership, individuals with serious mental illness who are served by Thresholds’ Justice Program now have access to free, trauma-informed benefits advocacy. Individuals with serious mental illness…

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Legal Council partner Dr. Hamp receives high honor

Longtime Legal Council advocate and friend Dr. Nicole Hamp recently was awarded the Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Hamp received this exceptional honor for her work with Legal Council’s children and families program. This award, intended to celebrate the outstanding efforts of pediatricians-in-training to improve the health of children,…

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ISBE and CPS Far Behind Schedule to Reform Special Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 12, 2018 Contact: Matt Cohen, Matt Cohen and Associates 312-961-4179 or mdcspedlaw@gmail.com, Chris Yun at Access Living 312-640-2134 or cyun@accessliving.org Barbara Cohen at Legal Council for Health Justice 312-605-1948 or bcohen@legalcouncil.org ISBE and CPS Far Behind Schedule to Reform Special Education, Advocates appeal to Pritzker to fix the problems Teachers say…

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Illinoisans now have access to a life-saving cure to hepatitis C

After receiving a formal threat of litigation, officials at the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) negotiated with Legal Council lawyers to end the department’s policy of rationing coverage of life-saving drugs to cure hepatitis C (HCV) for Medicaid participants. This policy change comes after years of discussions and strategic advocacy to remove…

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Illinois Medicaid Finally To Provide Life-Saving Medication To Cure Hepatitis C

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 8, 2018 Contacts: Dani Hunter, dhunter@legalcouncil.org, 312-605-1957 Ruth Edwards, redwards@legalcouncil.org, 312-605-1970 Najeema Holas-Huggins, nholashuggins@law.harvard.edu, 617-390-2624   Illinois Medicaid Finally to Provide Life-Saving Medication to Cure Hepatitis C Lawyers successfully negotiate with the State of Illinois to lift coverage restrictions for the cure Chicago, Ill.—On Thursday, Nov. 1, after receiving a formal…

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BREAKING: Joint Statement on Medicaid Hepatitis C Treatment Restrictions

AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Legal Council for Health Justice Statement on Medicaid Hepatitis C Treatment Restrictions Legal Council for Health Justice and AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) laud the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) announcement today ending the department’s policy of rationing coverage of life-saving drugs to cure hepatitis C (HCV)…

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STATEMENT: Protecting Immigrant Families – Illinois applauds Cook County Board’s Resolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Contact: Manuel Gonzales, Communications Manager, Latino Policy Forum 303-880-5954, mgonzales@latinopolicyforum.org Protecting Immigrant Families – Illinois applauds Cook County Board’s Resolution Coalition of Advocates Calls on All Elected Officials in Illinois to Fight this Cruel Attack on Immigrant Families Protecting Immigrant Families – Illinois is a diverse coalition of advocates from leading…

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Celebrating 30 years of Legal Council!

Legal Council’s 30th Anniversary Gala was a hit! Thank you to everyone who supported this special, one-time, sold out event. Special thank you to Gala Co-Chairs Kimball R. Anderson and Karen Gatsis Anderson, local leaders in law and longtime supporters of Legal Council. “Thirty years ago, our hero James Monroe Smith founded AIDS Legal Council to…

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