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

November 8, 2018

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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BREAKING: Joint Statement on Medicaid Hepatitis C Treatment Restrictions

November 7, 2018

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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Legal Council Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Johan Lee

October 29, 2018

Legal Council just keeps growing! Last month, we welcomed over 10 new employees in our legal programs, development team, and administrative team. Legal Council has many exciting projects coming up, so we’re taking the time to highlight the projects and our new team members in our new blog series “Staff Spotlight”. Today we put a…

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

October 18, 2018

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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Childhood lead exposure: Advocating for automatic eligibility for EI services

October 16, 2018

Legal Council’s Children and Families Partnerships Director Amy Zimmerman recently published a special issue article titled “Advocating for Automatic Eligibility for Early Intervention Services for Children Exposed to Lead.” The article was co-authored with Dr. Nicole Hamp, a third-year pediatric resident at our medical-legal partnership site Comer Children’s Hospital, and Jessica Hoffen, former Legal Council…

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Legal Council's 30th Anniversary Gala

Celebrating 30 years of Legal Council!

October 16, 2018

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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M.A. vs. Patricia R. Bellock: Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement and Hearing

October 9, 2018

A settlement has been proposed that may affect the rights of Medicaid-eligible persons in the State of Illinois who are under the age of 21, receive in-home shift nursing services, or have applied for in-hone shift nursing services, or have applied for in-home shift nursing services (dates) and received notices from the Illinois Department that…

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Senate passes package of bills to fight opioid crisis

October 2, 2018

On Sept 17th, in a isolated moment of bipartisanship, the Senate passed a package of bills meant to address America’s opioid epidemic. Opioids were responsible for almost 50,000 deaths last year. This package, which consists of 70 bills, will create, expand, and renew programs across multiple agencies. This package “[aims] to prevent the deadly synthetic drug fentanyl from being shipped…

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Protecting Immigrant Families – Public Charge Developments

September 28, 2018

This post was updated on October 5, 2018. See below for updates. On Sept. 28, Protecting Immigrant Families Illinois–a statewide coalition of which Legal Council is a leading agency–held a press conference addressing the Department of Homeland Security’s draft rule to expand the specifications used in determining if immigrants and visa applicants are likely to…

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