Here at LAF, we’ve been keeping a close eye on the constant flux of health care in Illinois as the state works to execute the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and put consumers into managed care systems. As always, new issues are popping up, and this week consumers are dealing with complications in their Marketplace applications.
On August 12, the state sent out notices to approximately 10,300 Illinois consumers who are signed up on the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace regarding citizenship and immigration inconsistencies in their applications. Consumers who receive these notices have until September 5th to respond with the appropriate paperwork or they will lose coverage on September 30th. Our enrollment paralegals have begun advising clients on the steps they must take to keep their coverage.
We recommend that clients who receive this notice immediately log into their HealthCare.gov account and upload the requested documents or mail them to the address listed in the notice—even if they submitted the documents previously. Consumers can also call Illinois Department of Central Management Service at 1-800-318-2596 to determine what documents are needed to verify their citizenship status, or to check whether their documents have been received.
On Tuesday, July 15th, current and former members of the LAF Young Professionals Board got together at Revolution Brewing Company for the YPB’s 5th Anniversary Celebration, an evening dedicated to celebrating all of the hard work and advocacy the Board has done on behalf of LAF since first forming in 2009.
A big thank you to Katten Muchin Rosenman for sponsoring this special evening. Katten is a terrific partner in many endeavors with LAF, and has been instrumental in building and supporting the Young Professionals Board.
During the program portion of the evening, YPB 5th Anniversary Chair BeLinda Mathie spoke passionately about why she supports LAF. You can read her full remarks below.
Every Summer, the LAF Young Professionals Board hosts a special reception for the law students and interns working with LAF, to thank them for their service to the agency and provide them with opportunities to remain engaged with us beyond the term of their time with us. Check out the photos from this summer’s event on our facebook page.
This year, we had a great group of summer associates from LAF and a few of our YPB-represented firms joining us at Esquire Deposition Solutions for an evening of Revolution beers and informal networking. LAF Executive Director Diana White spoke about the importance of supporting legal aid, and the benefits it can yield to a young professional:
“…I encourage you to get involved wherever you end up in the legal aid work being done in your community. Believe me when I say that your future employer is never going to look at your pro bono and philanthropic activities and say “that person just isn’t leadership material.” You might not always succeed in garnering their support for your efforts, but if you are brave enough to ask the firm’s pro bono coordinator to meet with the agency you’re supporting to talk about collaborating on a case, or brave enough to ask the marketing director to sponsor a fundraising event the agency is hosting, the worst they can say to you is no. And a no is just that – a no. It’s not a rejection of who you are and everything you stand for. And oftentimes a no one time isn’t a no always – it’s worth it to learn everything you can about your company’s philosophy on pro bono service, and its budgeting practices for company charity initiatives, so you can use that information to turn a no into a yes. I’m willing to bet – and I’m pretty sure the members of the YPB in this room would agree with me – that the people who step up and show a commitment to something higher than themselves also demonstrate other qualities that are in high demand these days in the professional world: namely an openness, persistence, and even fearlessness that have become critical skills in this new age of business development and client-focused service. The people who make decisions about your future are definitely taking notice of people who set themselves apart from the herd. Be one of those outliers, not only for yourself, but for the people like the ones we see each and every day at LAF.”
LAF would like to thank YPB member Megan Garvey of Esquire Deposition Services for hosting our event this year, and everyone who came out to celebrate another fantastic summer of service from our students.
Last week, all the staff from LAF got together out of the office, to celebrate another year’s worth service to the community and groundbreaking work in the legal field. We had a great time, and enjoyed a catered afternoon of burgers and cake, families, water balloons, and a piñata full of candy.
We want to share some photos from that day now that the wonderful Adela Carlin put together here (and more from Executive Director Diana White below the break), and thank the amazing social committee for all their hard work!