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New Law Reforms Medicaid in Illinois

New Law Promises Improvements for Medicaid

August 7, 2019

A new Illinois law aims to improve access to health coverage for low-income Illinoisans.

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Amendment improves access to Early Intervention services

Feature: Win for Lead-Poisoned Children

August 2, 2019

Georgetown CCF’s Say Ahhh! blog invited our Children & Families program to write a feature on Legal Council’s legislative victory that ensures children exposed to lead receive Early Intervention services. Effectively linking children with elevated [blood lead levels] to critical services, such as IDEA Part C Early Intervention (available in all 50 states), early on in their exposure…

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Client Focus: Pete

August 1, 2019

Pete was a 56 year-old insurance company retiree living with severe breathing problems, a symptom of his HIV-related pneumonia. After three hospitalizations, he was permanently in need of oxygen therapy. Having worked in the insurance industry his entire life, Pete wanted to enjoy life in retirement. Instead, he had trouble getting the help he needed…

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Staff Spotlight: Claire Mattson

July 31, 2019

Staff Spotlight is a blog series featuring a member of Legal Council’s expert and growing team. Today’s Spotlight features Claire Mattson, a Healthy Futures VISTA.  What brought you to Legal Council? I got involved with Legal Council because I wanted to learn more about social and environmental determinants of health. I had been previously exposed…

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Letter From the Executive Director, July 2019

July 26, 2019

Dear friends, I wanted to personally thank you for making a difference in the lives of thousands of Illinoisans. Because of you, 1,500 clients received life-changing legal care from Legal Council in just the first six months of 2019. We’re changing more lives than ever before, but we can’t stop now. While our clients face many obstacles,…

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Meet Our Award-Winning Attorney

July 24, 2019

On July 23, the Chicago Bar Foundation honored Legal Council’s program director Lisa Parsons with the most prestigious award given to Chicago public interest lawyers, the Thomas H. Morsch Award. “Lisa, every day and with every client, chips away at the notion that [those who are homeless and living with severe mental illness] can be…

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Staff Spotlight: S.T. Conner

July 23, 2019

Staff Spotlight is a blog series featuring a member of Legal Council’s expert and ever-growing team. Today’s Spotlight features S.T. Conner, a Behavioral Health MLP VISTA.  What brought you to Legal Council? I align with Legal Council’s mission to serve people facing barriers to accessing services due to illness or disability. As someone who has…

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More than 200,000 people in the U.S. have taken PrEP, but there are more than a million individuals at risk for HIV.

5 Ways the Administration Is Legalizing Discrimination

July 22, 2019

Proposed changes to federal healthcare law would make discrimination legal.

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Introducing Legal Council’s Interns, Part 2

July 10, 2019

Legal Council welcomes a new class of interns to the fight for health justice in Illinois.

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