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Founded in 1987, we use the power of the law to secure dignity, opportunity, and well-being for people facing illness or disability.

In the last year, we've expanded our "legal care" for people with HIV to also stand up for individuals living with other chronic, disabling, and stigmatized health conditions. This includes mental illness, homelessness, and children and youth with special needs.

To reflect these changes, we are changing our name to Legal Council for Health Justice.

AIDS Legal Council will remain a strong foundational program of the agency, along with newly merged programs, Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children and Homeless Outreach Project.

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Check your local listings to catch this segment tonight featuring the power of medical-legal partnerships h/t National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at GW

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PBS NewsHour

Diego Salcido is only five years old, and has endured two bone marrow transplants since being diagnosed with leukemia. Many medical systems across the country have begun establishing “medical-legal partnerships” to advocate for patients like Diego. Learn more on tonight's PBS NewsHour.

Legal Council for Health Justice formerly AIDS Legal Council of Chicago updated their cover photo.

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Legal Council for Health Justice formerly AIDS Legal Council of Chicago's cover photo

We've come a long way, baby. And we're not near finished yet.

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Looking back, growing forward | Legal Council for Health Justice

As you may know, the Council has grown by leaps and bounds in the last year. To reflect these changes, we are changing our name...

Here's a good recap of last week's efforts to release #Medicaid payments -- “I don’t think they should be collateral damage in the state budget fight,” class attorney Thomas Yates told Judge Lefkow Thursday.

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Ill. Has 3 Weeks To Pay Medicaid Fees, Budget Crisis Or No - Law360

A federal judge gave the state of Illinois three weeks to figure out how it's going to pay Medicaid providers that are in danger of falling through the cracks while the state continues to operate without a budget, saying on Thursday that she was reluctant to drag Gov. Bruce Rauner before the cou…

If you are a stroller or runner who is looking for a wagging good time, join our 2015 AIDS Run/Walk Chicago team today. See blog post for deets.

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Step on it | Join our 2015 AIDS Run & Walk team

We're on Flickr and Instagram now. Come check our bad selves out. Follow the @legalcouncil!

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Explore Legal Council's 7 photos on Flickr!

U.S. government affirms gay couples eligible for #SocialSecurity benefits

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Gay couples are eligible for benefits, US decides - The Boston Globe

Same-sex married couples who were living in states that did not recognize their unions and who previously filed claims for Social Security benefits will be able to collect those payments, the government said Thursday.

Summer recap. Or, in the words of the Dalai Lama, "It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act."

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Fixing holes in the safety net

Thanks to our legal actions with the Shriver Center and pro bono support from Goldberg Kohn, hospitals and health centers are once again getting reimbursed...

Some relief. Gov. Rauner signs federal pass-thru bill. This means CHIC and ADAP HIV medication assistance programs are fully funded through early 2016. Here's hoping we have a state budget by then that completes funding for the rest of FY16, along with Early Intervention, mental health, etc.

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Rauner signs federal pass-through funds bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that will allow the state to spend more than $5 billion dollars in federal money. The federal pass-through legislation was needed t...

Interest is so high, servers have been slammed. But this survey will be available, at least until Sept. 21, so check back to respond and share widely. Every voice counts! You know, National Center for Transgender Equality, you might consider CloudFlare

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The 2015 U.S. Trans Survey is the new name of the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people.

Great blog post on ways medical education can be augmented to improve health and patient care. Medical-legal partnerships can answer the "Now what?" question. Does your clinic or hospital have one? #sdoh

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Medical Education and Housing as Health Care

By Andrew Hyatt Expectations of first-year medical students are mercifully low when we are presenting patients. So when I told my preceptor, “Jose is a 9-year-old male with a history of moderate in...

Check out some of the fantastic smiles we captured Wednesday night at our big tiki party! Mahalo to everyone for coming out and helping to advance our mission!

A fond farewell to the best summer law student interns! Grateful for Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) and all the institutions of higher learning willing to share their talented future attorneys with us.

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Summer interns, had me a blast

Each year, mostly during the summer, our interns make the difference. They help us in myriad ways. What do interns get out of being here? Alex Kalyniuk, a rising second year law student at William & Mary Law School, who interned with our Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children program, tells…

Legal Council for Health Justice formerly AIDS Legal Council of Chicago updated their cover photo.

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Legal Council for Health Justice formerly AIDS Legal Council of Chicago's cover photo

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