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Statement: Advocates Urge Illinois Supreme Court to Protect SNAP Receipt

June 30, 2022

Statement: Advocates Urge Illinois Supreme Court to Protect SNAP Receipt Last month, a coalition of organizations submitted an amicus brief urging the Illinois Supreme Court to uphold an appellate court decision that places the burden of proof on the state when it claims that a SNAP recipient has been overpaid benefits. Our brief explained what’s…

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New Working Group Collects SSA Experience from Illinoisans as Field Offices Reopen

May 4, 2022

Legal Council has convened a working group of Social Security advocates across the state to engage with the Social Security Administration (SSA) about improvements to its services. Our first task as a group is to assess the level of accessibility and responsiveness in Social Security field offices as they reopen for in-person appointments and walk-ins,…

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Policy Update: Bill Making Medicaid More Equitable Goes to Governor’s Desk

April 13, 2022

As the Illinois legislative session comes to an end, Legal Council is taking a moment to reflect on and celebrate achievements made toward health equity through legislation. We worked persistently alongside our partners in the community, and our legislative champions in the House and Senate, to pass House Bill 4343. The bill is on its…

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Together, We Can Address Inequities in Medicaid Estate Recovery

February 22, 2022

Solving our society’s challenges requires us to think creatively about what resources and options we have available to us. Medicaid estate recovery is currently required by federal law. We know that the prospect of estate recovery dissuades eligible people from enrolling in Medicaid out of fear they will lose their home. And that fear is…

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Public Health Emergency 101

February 9, 2022

This article was originally published on MLP Illinois’ website. For more information and resources on Medical-Legal Partnerships across the state, visit MLP Illinois’ website here. This article was authored by Belle Duguid, AmeriCorps VISTA. Click here to learn more about Belle and the work she does at Legal Council. We are two years into the…

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Facing Toxic Stress in Childhood: Behavioral Health Blog Series

September 20, 2021

Learn how Illinois’ lack of accessible mental and behavioral health care impacts children.

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The Cycle of Health and Trauma: Behavioral Health Blog Series

September 9, 2021

This blog series explores a lack of accessible mental health care and the effect it has on individual well-being.

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September 2021: COVID-19 Resources and Information

September 1, 2021

Education & Youth The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Back-To-School Guide is a central location to find all the information and resources relevant for upcoming in-person classes. This website is regularly monitored and updated by CPS, which ensures that policies and procedures are up to date. The website links to other important information, including: Health and…

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Rebuilding Mental Health Systems: Behavioral Health Blog Series

August 27, 2021

Legal Council examines Illinois’ lack of accessible behavioral health care and the effect it has on the wellbeing of people with low incomes.

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