Helping Our Clients Maintain Independence

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Client Story | Comments Off on Helping Our Clients Maintain Independence

Myra K., a 95-year old widow, came to Land of Lincoln Legal Aid after the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) denied her request for Medicaid to pay for a stair lift that would enable her to leave her basement apartment. Due to age and infirmity, Mrs. K could no longer walk up the stairs, and her son either carried her up or she crawled up them. Medicaid denied her request for a stair lift even though it was medically necessary for her to stay in the community, rather than move into a long-term care facility.

Mrs. K’s son represented her at the administrative hearing and tried to file an Administrative Review Complaint at the Circuit Court after the request for the stair lift was denied at the IDHS hearing. Megan Kinney, a Land of Lincoln attorney, stepped into the case to prevent the complaint from being dismissed. Megan then successfully represented Mrs K, arguing that the stair lift was medically necessary and that IDHS used the wrong standard when it denied her stair lift request at the hearing. The Judge agreed that the stair lift was necessary and IDHS should provide it. Ultimately, the stair lift was paid for and installed by IDHS. Mrs. K can now exit the basement on her own and can continue to live independently in the community rather than being forced into long-term care.