Legal Council for Health Justice went back into to federal court this week pushing for payment to Family Case Management programs that ensure pregnant women and newborns eligible for Medicaid receive appropriate medical care. Yates and lawyers from the Shriver Center have successfully required the State of Illinois to continue to pay Medicaid providers despite the ongoing state budget crisis pursuant to consent decrees in Beeks v. Bradley and Memisovski v. Maram. As a result, the State of Illinois has agreed to pay Family Case Management programs ensuring that they will stay in business and support maternal child health.
In addition, Yates and staff attorney Shannon Ackenhausen were in federal court in M.A. v. Norwood seeking a preliminary injunction to halt reduction of in-home nursing services to children who are medically fragile and dependent on technology. That motion is still pending and will be resolved in an evidentiary hearing next week. Through this lawsuit, we are working to maintain home-based services and protect children from institutionalization. This case is co-counseled with attorney Robert Farley and Winston & Strawn attorneys Ray Perkins, Bryce Cooper, and Alexandra Schaller.