Justice For Illinois Medicaid Recipients

Justice For Illinois Medicaid Recipients Illinois Governor Pat Quinn denying Medicaid recipients their needed medications to sustain, promote and save their lives. Gov. Quinn in Illinois before signing the SMART ACT that would would restrict the sick elderly, disabled and poor people of Illinois to only 4 prescriptions a month had actual knowledge that doing so would ca"grave harm" "unnesaary suffering" "suicidal thought" "increased psychosis: and even "death" to his residents yet this executioner signed the law nonetheless.

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01/23/2017

UPDATE: In a recent post I informed everyone who has followed the litigation between myself and the State of Illinois concerning the limit on the number of monthly medications a medicaid recipient may obtain each month that the case has been settled. This was a very complex lawsuit involving a barrage of constitutional claims. Since that post there have been a number of misconceptions and in a few instances outright falsehoods by followers. I have decided that the best way to bring everyone up to date is to have a live conference with you all right here on facebook. On Friday, January 27th please join me at 7 pm (CT) right here where I will discuss the case and its outcome. Please let me know by comment below if you intend to listen in on the conference and if you have any specific questions please comment them below so I can provide you with the accurate answers on Friday. Thanks much and hope to see you all on Friday.

12/05/2016

UPDATE: I am pleased to announced that the pending litigation between the State and I have settled out court. Under the terms of the agreement I am unable to disclose every provision of the agreement but I am hopeful that this litigation has made a lot of people reconsider the propriety of the four script prescription limitation. I am pleased with the attorney's for the state in bringing the litigation to a close. Please do not ask me what the terms are because I am under agreement not to disclose any of the terms other tp say that the litigation has been settled. I am forever in your debt for your continued support in this matter and while the litigation has terminated I will work diligently with the legislature to bring relief to everyone. I owe a great deal of thanks to my attorney's with the firm JENNER & BLOCK out of Washington and Chicago for their zealous advocacy. I will be forever in their debt. But to my followers and supporters I am in your debt as well. Peace. Rob.

11/20/2016

Taking this time to wish all our viewers and supporters a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday.

10/30/2016

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10/25/2016

UPDATE: Because of blatant delay tactics by less than credible attorney's for the State, the federal Judge assigned to the lawsuit challenging the propriety of Illinois four prescription limitation for the sick, elderly and disabled residents on Medicaid, the court had to reset the federal hearing until November 7, 2016 at which time the court will hear testimony from me and others on issues that will ultimately decide the constitutionality of the four prescription limitation. The attorney's for the former Illinois Governor and current state officials are trying to put up a smoke and screen defense to distract from the real issues. My organization is greatly in the debt of our fine and well schooled attorneys with the law firm JENNER & BLOCK out of Washington and Illinois who have relentlessly pursued this case from the beginning of their representation. These are very well educated attorneys who are doing this for us on a pro bono basis (no fees). So as it stands now we will have to deal with the State's shenanigans and on November 7, 2016 a major decision should finally be reached in this litigation. We will of course keep you updated. Thanks for your continued interest in this plight.

09/16/2016

UPDATE: On August 23, 2016 our Attorney's from Washington and Chicago took the depositions of several State of Illinois officials and defendants in our federal litigation concerning the State's arbitrary restriction on the number of monthly medication our sick, elderly and disabled Medicaid recipients may receive. A deposition is where a defendant in a lawsuit has to answer questions under oath, being recorded by a court reporter concerning what facts they know or don't know. We took the depositions of one defendant and several state employees responsible for the state's Four Prescription monthly limitation. I have received the deposition transcripts and our attorneys did an awesome job fishing out information from the state employees. We will use their testimony in their respective depositions at our October 18, 2016 federal court hearing in the event the witness gives inconsistent testimony at the hearing than they did at their August 23, 2016 depositions. I am extremely proud of the work our attorneys have done in this case and applaud them. We will keep you all posted as further developments arise. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me. Thanks for your continued support in this plight. Rob.

08/27/2016

UPDATE: Federal Court hearing finally set for October 18, 2016 in Rockford, Illinois. The federal Judge has set aside four hours for this very important hearing. At issue is the State of Illinois restriction on the number of monthly medications a Medicaid recipient may receive each month. The hearing will begin at 1pm and will involve a number of attorneys for both sides. I will continue to keep you informed of any further developments.

08/17/2016

UPDATE: In a stunning, somewhat unprecedented move, both Assistant Attorney General's representing the Illinois Governor and other state officials in our lawsuit challenging the restriction on the number of monthly medications a Medicaid recipient may receive, have dropped out of the case within the last week. Currently, the Governor and other state officials are awaiting new counsel who will no doubt scream they need more time to get to know the case before the case moves forward. However, the federal judge assigned to the case seems to make clear that this case will not linger with delays. Something is brewing in the air.......... ?????

06/17/2016

UPDATE: The law firm of Jenner & Block, one of the nation's largest law firms, has assigned another attorney to our case against the State of Illinois challenging the four prescription limitation. Attorney Casey Grabenstein a Partner with the law firm has extensive experience in health care litigation and will be an asset to our litigation. We now have a total of three attorneys and two Paralegals assigned to the litigation.

03/27/2016
Justice For Illinois Medicaid Recipients

Kuddos to our Attorney's from Washington and Chicago for a job well done. Those medicaid recipients mostly the ederly and disabled are coming real close to having the state law limiting their life saving medications to only four a month held unconstitutional.

VICTORY HAS BEEN ACHIEVED. The United States Court of Appeal has ruled in our favor and has sent the case back to the federal judge who wrongfully dismissed the lawsuit. The Court of Appeals has instructed the federal judge to conduct fact finding into the four prescription limitation. We are getting real close now to having that law totally held unconstitutional. Congradulations goes out to our attorneys from Washington and Chicago for a job well done. We suspect that those attorneys will continue to represent us in this case. We are absolutely thrilled with this decision and are confident that the four prescription limit for medicaid recipients will be thrown out real soon. We will of course keep you advised of all further developments.

03/27/2016

VICTORY HAS BEEN ACHIEVED. The United States Court of Appeal has ruled in our favor and has sent the case back to the federal judge who wrongfully dismissed the lawsuit. The Court of Appeals has instructed the federal judge to conduct fact finding into the four prescription limitation. We are getting real close now to having that law totally held unconstitutional. Congradulations goes out to our attorneys from Washington and Chicago for a job well done. We suspect that those attorneys will continue to represent us in this case. We are absolutely thrilled with this decision and are confident that the four prescription limit for medicaid recipients will be thrown out real soon. We will of course keep you advised of all further developments.

03/05/2016

FYI. We are going into our third month since the United States Court of Appeals in Chicago has heard oral arguments by our attorneys. We expect a decision to be issued very shortly and we expect the decision to be favorable to us. The case should be ent back to the lower federal court in Rockford, Illinois where the court will consider the Constitutionality of Illinois's four prescription limitation to those on Medicaid mostly our elderly and disabled folks. We will keep you updated on any developments.

01/11/2016

UPDATED NEWS. Ilinois medicaid recipients should have or will soon receive a health care plan giving you at least three insurance providers to choose from for your health care needs. The three health plans are Aetna, Community Care alliance of Illinois and IlliniCare. Medicaid law must provide medicaid recipients the choise of three providers. The very interesting part to all three of the named providers if the complete deletion of the four monthly prescription limit and the additional provision of $0 co-pays for all medications. We believe our lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the four monthly limit on prescription is what compelled these insurance providers to completely eliminate the limit. You should be receiving info in the mail shortly from the Illinois HFS giving you at least three providers to chose from. If the providers the State of Illinois offers you does not eliminate the four monthly limit on meds and no co-pays please let us know right away by contacting us at 779-475-0328 and we will look into it for you. But we believe we have obtained some victory for Illinois residents but will not rest easily until all Ilinois counties have done away with the 4 script limit. Thanks and peace, Rob.

01/03/2016

FYI. Sad News. We were recently notified by the family of an elderly lady in Springfield, Illinois who was being subject to the four prescription a month restriction imposed upon Medicaid recipients in Illinois. She had a plethora of medical issues that required her to take seven medications a month. But because of her poverty she was only able to take four of the medications the State restricted her to. She was 76 years old and a wife, mother, sister, grandma and great-grandma. Because she was unable to take all seven of her medications she suffered an untimely demise. Her family were at her side when she passed. This death was easily preventable but thanks to the former pitiful Illinois Governor Pat Quinn she left behind a loving family. Everyone here at Justice for Illinois Medicaid Recipients send out our heartfelt condolences to her family and the outrage we feel right now will not allow me to stop my effors to get the reprehensible law repealed or declared unconstitutional. This really amounts to state sanctioned murder. I just pray that the federal appeals court rules on the pending appeal in an expedited manner to prevent yet another senseless death. Prayers to her family go out tonight.

12/31/2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR WISHES
The folks at Justice for Illinois Medicaid Recipients would like to wish you all, especially our supporters and followers a very Happy, Prosperous and Healthy New Year. May 2016 bring you each happiness, success and peace. We are very thankful for your loyalty to our cause and its because of that we continue to fight for the unfortunate Illinois Medicaid Recipients. Cheers.

12/27/2015

FYI. For those Illinois residents on Medicaid and being restricted to only four medications a month and you have co-pays for any of your meds, federal medicaid laws allow you to ask the Pharmacy to waive the co-pays because of your inability to pay the co-pays and the pharmacy MUST honor that request and waive the co-pay. In fact, anyone on medicaid who has a co-pay for their meds can also request the pharmacy to waive the co-pay and likewise they too must honor that request. This law does not apply to those on medicare, only those on medicaid. If anyone has a problem with a pharmacy not waiving the co-pay please feel free to contact us. Peace. Rob.

12/04/2015

UPDATE: This morning our attorney's from Washington and Chicago presented our case to three U.S. Court of Appeals Judges and the argument went well. By the questions the appeal judge's asked of our attorney it can easily be inferred that the court will rule in our favor. Each side was given 20 minutes to present the argument and during our argument the Chief Judge asked alot of questions favorable to our case. I could not have asked for a better presentation. The three judge's will now think the case over and issue a written decision. Usually it takes 2 months to get a decision but because the health of a lot of medicaid recipients are at stake we anticipate a early decision. We will keep you posted as things develope. Peace. Rob

11/08/2015

UPDATE: The Federal Court of Appeals have decided to hear oral arguments from the parties in this litigation. The oral argument will be presented by our Chief attorney out of Washington and co-counsel out of Chicago on December 3, 2015. Each side will have 20 minutes to argue their cause to a panel of three Federal Appeal Judges. After that, the court will issue a decision probably sometime in February because this case concerns a grave injustice to our sick, elderly and disabled residents in the State of Illinois. To those not familiar with the case, this case concerns the State's restriction on Medicaid recipients to only four monthly medications which we contend is cruel and inflicts needless suffering upon the most downtrodden residents in our State. I will be in Chicago on December 3, 2015 to witness the oral arguments. We will keep you all updated on any further developments. Peace. Rob.

09/26/2015

UPDATE: The appeal briefs have all now been filed. We filed our final brief with the federal Court of Appeals on September 22, 2015. The Court of Appeals will now decide if they want to hear oral arguments from the parties. If they do we suspect that it will be rather quickly. Each side will have about 8-10 minutes to argue their case in front on three judges. Once that is completed the court will take the case under advisement and issue a decision by December or January, 2016. If the decision is in our favor we see the state repealing the four monthly medication prescription altogether. It has been a long, tedious battle, but one I would do it all over again for. To many of our elderly, sick and disabled residents are suffering needlessly. This fact probably concerns not many of you because you have god insurance coverage. But to thousands of Illinois residents being denied monthly medications this is a life and death decision. We will keep you posted as always. Peace. Rob

08/25/2015

UPDATE: The State of Illinois have now filed their legal brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals. Our attorney's are now reviewing the State's response and will likely file a reply brief. Once that reply brief is filed the federal court of appeals will set a date for oral arguments. We will provide you with the web address that will allow you to listen to the oral argument. Once oral argument is completed it usually takes the court 2-3 months to issue a decision. We finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. We will continue to keep you posted on all further developments.

FYI.  We are hoping that Illinois Gov. Rauner's new medical experimental medical treatments will also apply to those dow...
08/07/2015
Rauner signs law allowing 'right to try' experimental drugs

FYI. We are hoping that Illinois Gov. Rauner's new medical experimental medical treatments will also apply to those downtrodden individuals on Medicaid. It would be patently arbitrary to preclude Medicaid patients from the potential benefits of this new law. We will keep a vigilant eye on this and provide updates as they become available to us.

The Right to Try Act will allow terminally ill patients access to experimental medical treatments.

06/26/2015

UPDATE: On June 25, 2015 the attorney's representing me and indirectly all the Illinois Medicaid recipients being subjected to the four prescription limitation signed into law by former Governor Pat Quinn have filed our Appeals Court legal brief in Chicago. The attorney's have raised a number of issues but at the end of the day we are seeking to have the four prescription limitation totally struck down and all Medicaid recipients especially the sick, elderly and disabled will start receiving all their prescribed medications. The State of Illinois will have 30 days to file their brief. Once the briefs are all filed the federal Court of Appeals will set a date for the attorneys to argue the case before a three judge panel. I suspect a written decision by late October or early November (or sooner). I started this case two years ago to put an end to the needless suffering by many as a result of being denied their medications. I am confident that the suffering is coming to an end. I will continue to keep you all posted on further developments. Peace. Rob.

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