Child health

Client Focus: Josiah

Josiah was a 6-year-old boy who was battling with anemia and other health problems that caused him to rely on tube feeding. Since moving from Chicago to the suburbs, his mother couldn’t get the in-home nursing assistance that she needed to care for Josiah. She tried for months to get the care she was entitled…

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Big Victory in Illinois for Lead-Exposed Children

Illinois children with lead poisoning will soon have access to critical supports and services, thanks to legislation spearheaded by Legal Council’s child health advocates. This past weekend, the Illinois General Assembly included in the budget implementation bill an amendment to the Early Intervention Services System Act that will guarantee access to Early Intervention (EI) services…

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Illinois Kids Aren’t Getting the Health Care They Need

Since 2017, there has been an increase in the amount of uninsured kids in America. A new report shows a sharp national decline in children’s health insurance coverage through Medicaid and CHIP. Illinois experienced one of the largest decreases in enrollment. While children of families with low income aren’t enrolling in these programs, research shows…

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ATTN: CPS Therapeutic Day School Parents

To Chicago Public Schools parents of kids in Therapeutic Day School: Do you provide breakfast and lunch for your child? Chicago Public Schools is supposed to provide free breakfast and lunch to all of its students, but kids in Therapeutic Day School placements may not be receiving these nutritional services. Legal Council is helping Chicago…

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Illinois Kids Deserve Care: Big Win for In-Home Nursing Services

After years of settlement discussion, Legal Council settled the MA v. Bellock class-action lawsuit with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) in January. The judge ruled in favor of more than 1,300 medically complex children who need in-home nursing. This legal battle for Illinois children started after HFS hired a third party…

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Legal Council partner Dr. Hamp receives high honor

Longtime Legal Council advocate and friend Dr. Nicole Hamp recently was awarded the Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Nicole Hamp, Ann Hilton Fisher Advocate Award honoree, and Larry Yellen, Gala host, at Legal Council’s 30th Anniversary Gala, Oct. 13, 2018. Hamp received this exceptional honor for her work…

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Our Advocates Never Sleep: Program Director Receives Public Health Advocacy Award

Congratulations to Amy Zimmerman, Legal Council’s Director of Children & Families Partnerships, for receiving the Public Health Advocacy Award this past week! Amy Zimmerman (middle) with two representatives from IPHA at IPHA’s 77th Annual Conference, Sept. 5-7, 2018. The Illinois Public Health Association’s Public Health Advocacy Award is awarded to an advocate whose outstanding accomplishments…

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Blindsided Parents: Special Education Advocates Hold CPS Accountable

This week Legal Council’s own special education advocate Barb Cohen and WBEZ’s Sarah Karp discussed Chicago Public Schools’ relationship with the parents of special needs students on WBEZ’s All Things Considered. Over the last year C.P.S and their Special Education program have been the topic of conversation. Karp, whose extensive investigative reporting helped lead to the State…

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