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Illinois Alliance for Welcoming Health Care

November 29, 2018

Over the last two years, immigrants have faced threats of deportation and family separation, forcing parents to choose between accessing life-saving care and services for their families and keeping their families together. These policy’s have caused significant damage to community well-being. The  increase of fear has led to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee…

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Legal Council Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Hannah Berkowitz

November 27, 2018

Legal Council just keeps growing! Two months ago, 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’s spotlight is…

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Legal Council Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Jena Moch

November 27, 2018

Legal Council just keeps growing! During the last couple of months, we welcomed multiple 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…

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Living True: Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2018

Almost 20 years ago, transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith started the Transgender Day of Remembrance (T.D.O.R) to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman killed in her own home in 1998. Her death was widely ignored by the media and many today still don’t know who Rita was. Her death remains unsolved. T.D.O.R is a day…

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Making the Case for Use of Federal WIC Funds to Conduct Blood Lead Testing

November 12, 2018

Childhood lead exposure remains a persistent environmental health threat, particularly for low-income minority children. Research has shown that children in families receiving public assistance such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) are more likely to have elevated blood lead levels than children not enrolled in a public assistance program, and that targeted testing of WIC participants could help identify additional children with elevated blood lead levels.

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Racial Inequalities in Schools

November 9, 2018

Recently, ProPublica created a database called “Miseducation” that allows people to examine racial inequalities in schools and their districts in the United States. Illinois, particularly Chicago, is very segregated and this shows in schools. After looking at the Illinois data, ProPublica listed three major takeaways: In the U.S. Black students are more likely to be…

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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 (H.F.S) negotiated with Legal Council lawyers to end the department’s policy of rationing coverage of life-saving drugs to cure hepatitis C (H.C.V) 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 (A.F.C) laud the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (H.F.S) announcement today ending the department’s policy of rationing coverage of life-saving drugs to cure hepatitis C (H.C.V)…

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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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