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Medicaid Unwinding and Work Requirements: Endangering Access to Healthcare

May 24, 2023

Within the complex American healthcare system, Medicaid stands as an essential lifeline for low-income individuals and people with disabilities. Medicaid became even more critical for supporting people’s health during COVID.…

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The Invisible Disability: Supporting Mental Health Needs for Students with Disabilities

May 11, 2023

Understanding Mental Health Needs for Youth It is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 7-13), and it is an important time of year to bring awareness to this vital issue,…

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Illinois Department of Human Services Budget Request for Stolen SNAP & AABD Benefit Reimbursement

May 9, 2023

Legal advocacy groups — Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Legal Action Chicago, and Legal Council for Health Justice — support budget appropriations to ensure that victims of public benefit skimming…

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The Crisis in Disability Determination Services

May 2, 2023

Imagine waiting for months, or even years, to learn whether you will ever have enough money for food and shelter. Many people with disabilities and older adults face this harsh…

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Learning Beyond the Classroom: The Importance of HHIP for Children with Disabilities

April 26, 2023

When many students returned to in-person learning in August 2021, our client, Michael, a second-grader, had to stay home. He wanted to be in school with his friends, but his…

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Decision Challenges the ACA’s Free Preventive Services and PrEP Coverage

April 18, 2023

Background On March 30, 2023, Judge Reed O’Connor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a critical ruling in Braidwood Management v. Becerra by striking…

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Legal Council and WBEZ Education Reporters Collaborate to Uncover Children’s Mental Health Crisis in Illinois

March 28, 2023

** Trigger Warning to Readers: themes of self-harm/suicide ** Legal Council for Health Justice’s Policy Analyst, Barb Cohen (she/her), specializes in the advancement of accessible and quality special education. Her outreach…

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Informal Removals Impede the Rights of Children with Disabilities in School

March 24, 2023

“Amy is having another one of her meltdowns. Please come pick her up as soon as you can.” “Marcus’s class is going on a field trip tomorrow, and we’re concerned…

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Speak Out to Stop SSI Cuts for Disabled People Receiving Help with Meals or Groceries

March 17, 2023

On February 15, 2023, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published a proposed regulation that would take a small step toward updating outdated financial rules for the SSI program. SSI provides…

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