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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.

As always, simply call us at 312-427-8990 with any questions you may have. We are here to help you!

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
July 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm

BREAKING NEWS: The White House releases an updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy today, which sets new goals to achieve by 2020. Listen to President Obama talk about it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCQmrrMr5k8.

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President Obama: Updated National HIV AIDS Strategy

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
July 29, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Our ears are burning. Delighted to be part of such a powerful team with Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

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How lawyers for poor kids beat the state—again

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A federal judge ruled that Illinois needs to continue paying doctors and hospitals that treat Cook County children on Medicaid.

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
July 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm

The Nonprofit Quarterly says with no budget in place, the future is not bright, save last week's federal ruling we worked on to liberate Medicaid payments in Cook County.

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After 4 Weeks of No Budget, It’s Getting Painful for Nonprofits in Illinois

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In Illinois, nonprofits providing services to the state’s vulnerable populations still do not know whether or how much they will be reimbursed. Meanwhile, the childcare sector is once again the first to be seriously affected.

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
July 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago added 2 new photos — with Paul S. Neumann.

Paul and Caroline working hard today getting ready for #TikiHoliday! Putting together a great party ain't easy, that's for sure. You don't want to miss this one, so snag your TIki tickets now @ http://tiki2015.myab.co!

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
July 27, 2015 at 10:36 am

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago shared Hell in a Handbag Productions's photo.

Many thanks to our friends @ Hell in a Handbag Productions for shakin' those buckets--among other things--and raising vital funds for AIDS Legal Council's programs for low-income people in need! (And kudos to all those who dropped bills into said buckets!) We cannot do this work without kind supporters like you.

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Hell in a Handbag Productions

Miracle! is pleased to have raised $1350.00 to benefit The AIDS Legal Council of Chicago in our closing week!

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
July 24, 2015 at 7:47 am

Our blog post on yesterday's ruling which removes another "pressure point" posed by the state budget impasse

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Power of attorneys | AIDS Legal Council of Chicago

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This morning we went to court with Shriver Center to get Illinois to make Medicaid payments in light of the budget impasse. We re-opened a class action that executive director Tom Yates co-counseled which improved reimbursement rates for pediatricians and dentists serving children on Medicaid.

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
July 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago added 2 new photos — with Whistling J Walter and 2 others.

Your THREE HOUR TOUR awaits! Tiki Holiday is in just 20 days...and we guarantee no shipwrecks! You are in for a real treat of cuisine by Three Dots and a Dash, Hawaiian dancers, a fabulous silent auction (everything from a luxury Hawaiian cruise and art by Chagall to restaurant and sports packages galore). And did we mention complimentary relaxing "tiki" oxygen facials by Revive Massage Therapy & SPA? You don't wanna miss this! http://tiki2015.myab.co

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
July 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Executive director Tom Yates and John Bouman of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law were in federal court this morning on a motion to enforce a consent decree issued in Memisovski v. Maram. Judge Joan Lefkow ordered that the State make Medicaid payments for Cook County Medicaid-eligible persons from July 1, 2015 and ongoing.

We are still waiting to hear if there are service and payment stoppages in the AIDS Drug program and the AIDS Health Insurance Premium Payment programs. If the state budget impasse continues and services are impacted in these Ryan White Act programs, we will seek all appropriate relief.

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Illinois Ordered To Pay Health Care Providers Despite Budget Stalemate

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The decision is "a wonderful victory," Roseland Hospital CEO says of federal judge's order.

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
July 23, 2015 at 11:30 am

This morning we went to court with Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law to get Illinois to make Medicaid payments. We re-opened Memisovski v. Maram, a class action our executive director Tom Yates co-counselled with Shriver Center and won in 2005. This improved reimbursement rates for pediatricians and dentists serving children on Medicaid statewide.

The court ruled in our favor, and the State must pay for all Medicaid services in Cook County. This hopefully puts pressure on the rest of the state to follow suit.

Illinois Must Pay Health Providers for Cook County Medicaid Services, Despite Budget Impasse

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
July 23, 2015 at 8:42 am

Executive director Tom Yates joins Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in court this morning to re-open their landmark class action to restore health access for low-income children. Among services most at risk if no action had been taken was Early Intervention, the federally-mandated early childhood development program that bridges the gaps for the most vulnerable infants and toddlers.

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Without state budget solution, Roseland hospital may have to close

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