Least we can do

Much has been written about the lead-poisoning tragedy in Flint, Michigan. But once the shock and awe are over, what happens? Longtime collaborators and leaders in lead safety, Amy Zimmerman (head of our Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children) and Professor Weinberg at Lead Safe Illinois point out that the very least we can do is to…

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Back in Court

Legal Council for Health Justice went back into to federal court this week pushing for payment to Family Case Management programs that ensure pregnant women and newborns eligible for Medicaid receive appropriate medical care.  Yates and lawyers from the Shriver Center have successfully required the State of Illinois to continue to pay Medicaid providers despite…

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At the table

Let’s say you are one of the nation’s third largest public school districts, with its fourth appointed CEO in three years. You are working in the shadow of your last CEO, who left the district in disgrace after it was discovered that she directed millions of no-bid dollars to a former employer, against a ticking time bomb of a $500 million shortfall for the current school year. Your chief in charge of special education recently resigned, and you need to replace her.

What do you do, Chicago Public Schools?

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Honor society

MCOs like us, they really, really like us! The Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans, a statewide membership organization of health plans that participate in Medicaid managed care (MCOs) in Illinois, is bestowing its 2015 Advocacy Leadership award today to three attorneys including our executive director Tom Yates in recognition of successful litigation that has to date, restored more than half a billion Medicaid-reimbursable dollars to hospitals, clinics, and providers caring for over 3.1 million adults and children statewide.

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Student success must include health and safety

At the Legal Council, we believe that any revision of school quality policies must consider student health, safety, and well-being. Read more about our position in the following letter we submitted this week to the Chicago Tribune.

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Measure twice, cut once

This month, Legal Council for Health Justice came together with seven other public interest law agencies in Illinois, to submit concerns regarding Chicago Public Schools’ Draft School Action Guidelines for the 2015-2016 school year.

These experts work on legal issues in education, representing clients families and children from communities across the city of Chicago. Together, they agreed that there are significant problems within the proposed guidelines, particularly regarding co-locations and unintended consequences for students who deserve special education services and supports.

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Springfield standstill

The news is grim. Large and small businesses throughout Illinois which provide Medicaid-funded health services, face financial ruin as the state still fails to make Medicaid payments. 3.1 million adults and children enrolled into Medicaid will have nowhere to turn for their illnesses and disabling conditions.

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Another day, another testimony

Children’s health policy director Amy Zimmerman and summer law intern Molly McDonald testified today at a Joint House Appropriations meeting to shape legislation that would appropriate federal funds that flow through the State’s budget (SB 2042 SA1).

The amended bill is intended to help agencies, programs, and services supported in part with federal funds, such as maternal and child health grants, community mental health grants, and grants for Older Americans Act programs.

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Legal Council strikes back

Like a sequel to our July 23 federal court ruling we told you about, today Illinois officials are now promising to pay for health care for Medicaid beneficiaries statewide. That’s right, not just in Cook County. This legal remedy should be a blockbuster hit, as approximately 3.1 million low-income Illinoisans can now maintain access and engagement in health care without delays caused…

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