Andrew Webb

  • Hosted by Equip for Equality
  • Sponsored by McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Service location Chicago, Illinois
  • Law school University of Chicago Law School
  • Issue area Disability Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2016
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Andrew provided education and representation to empower Illinois residents with disabilities to live more independently by overcoming barriers in accessing the health care and related services they need.

A range of factors put people with disabilities at higher risk for health problems, making them more likely than nondisabled people to require acute or long-term health services. Yet Americans with disabilities face many barriers in obtaining the health care they need. These include lack of physical access for people with mobility impairments at hospitals and doctors’ offices; lack of communication access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; the difficulty of navigating the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, and managed care systems; and the State’s often arbitrary allocation of home services and durable medical equipment. Access to health care is essential if people with disabilities in Illinois are to live healthy and productive lives.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past two years, Andrew has:   Explored systemic deficiencies in Illinois’ Medicaid managed care system  Filed numerous administrative appeals against Medicaid managed care organizations to protect clients from losing the home services they need to live independently  Represented a client in an administrative hearing as well as in state court to defend her legal right to choose and employ a personal assistant without state interference  Negotiated with hospitals and doctors’ offices to ensure accommodations for patients and visitors with sensory impairments and other disabilities  Successfully appealed insurance carriers’ denials of coverage for essential neuropsychological testing for clients with developmental and intellectual disabilities

What’s Next

Now that the Fellowship is complete, Andrew plans to:

  • Continue his work at his host organization Equip for Equality, which has welcomed him to remain as a staff attorney. Andrew is excited to build upon the work of his fellowship and his efforts in helping Illinois residents with disabilities obtain timely and quality health care services.

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