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Thousands Illegally Denied Health Coverage In Illinois

By The Legal Council for Health Justice

Attorneys on behalf of thousands of low-income people filed a motion in court on Wednesday to enforce federal law and the State of Illinois' agreement to process Medicaid applications in a timely fashion. The attorneys charge that the State is violating both federal law and an Illinois court order by significantly delaying Medicaid applications and denying residents access to health coverage.

The motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, asks the court to enforce an existing consent decree that requires the State to determine eligibility for Medicaid within federal timelines, and to offer temporary medical assistance to people whose applications nonetheless pend beyond the federal time limits. The advocates allege the State is woefully behind on its processing and has not offered temporary medical assistance as a solution.

"I have represented a multitude of youth clients experiencing homelessness, many of whom have significant physical and mental healthcare needs, who are going without access to care for months," said Tanya Gassenheimer, youth health attorney at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Gassenheimer, who helps youth experiencing homelessness apply for Medicaid and file appeals with DHS regarding any issues with those applications, filed a declaration in the motion.

"My clients rely on programs like Medicaid for survival. These issues are simply inexcusable and it's well past time for DHS to act."

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Posted on May 19, 2018
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Posted on May 10, 2018

Thousands Illegally Denied Health Coverage In Illinois

By The Legal Council for Health Justice
State sued for Medicaid delay; tens of thousands suffering without coverage.

Posted on May 19, 2018

Any Educational Reform That Ignores Segregation Is Doomed To Failure

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
Reformers keep trying to work around segregation, discrimination and structural racism.

Posted on May 15, 2018

Trump Vowed To Punish Companies That Moved Jobs Overseas. Is Congress Rewarding Them?

By Michael Grabell/ProPublica
Inside the 500-page bill are tariff reductions for hundreds of such items: baby strollers, hiking boots, pimiento-stuffed olives, boxing gloves, coffee makers, toasters, plastic spoons and forks, sparklers and party poppers, nicotine gum, pet toys, pajamas, reusable grocery bags, leather belts, sweaters, glass vases, basketballs, unicycles, yoga mats and vertical waffle makers.

Posted on May 10, 2018

Last Year, Amazon Paid No Federal Income Taxes. Now, It's Trying To Kill A Local Tax That Aims To Help the Homeless

By Jessica Corbett/Common Dreams
With no public tax return and no cooperation from Amazon, fact-checkers dug into the company's annual filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission. They found, based on a February 2018 filing, "that not only would the company not be paying anything in 2017 federal income taxes, but it would be getting a $137 million tax refund."

Posted on May 5, 2018

Big Money Dominant in State Legislative Races

By The Illinois Public Interest Research Group
While the candidate with the most money does not always win, primary results show that 12 of the 15 contested races across 14 districts were won by the candidate with the most resources.

Posted on May 1, 2018

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