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April 2012 Events      

For information about these events, contact us at
(866.843.2572)  or

Lymphoma Resarch Foundation
"Understanding Health Care Reform"
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
6:30pm CST
Chicago, IL
For more information, click here.

CLRC FREE teleconference/webinar
"Health Insurance"
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
5:00pm PST/ 8:00pm EST
To register, click here.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society- Michigan Chapter
FREE webinar
"Cancer and the Law"
Thursday, April 12, 2012
3:00pm EST
For more information, click here.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Blood Cancer Conference
Saturday, April 14, 2012
9:00am CST
Oak Brook, IL
For more information, click here.

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
"Get EmPOWERed: Life After Cancer for Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors"
Saturday, April 14, 2012
10:00am -4:00pm CST
Chicago, IL
For more information, click here

CLRC FREE teleconference/webinar
"Navigating Insurance"
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
3:00pm PST/6:00pm EST
To register, click here.
CLRC Fundraiser
Spring Forward Chicago
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
5:30pm-7:30pm CST
Chicago, IL
To purchase a ticket, click here.

Cancer Resource Centre
"Insurance Navigation"
Friday, April 20, 2012

11:30am- 1:00pm CST

Munster, IN
For more information, please call (219) 836-3349

Heartland Community College
"Health Insurance and Health Care Reform"
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1:00pm- 4:00pm CST

Normal, IL
For more information, please call Rebecca LaMont at (309) 268-8752

Hmong Cancer Coalition
Community Health Event
Saturday, April 28, 2012
10:00am- 2:00pm PST

Fresno, CA

Northern Indiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Race for the Cure
Saturday, April 28, 2012
7am CST

South Bend, IN
For more information, click here.


Stay tuned for updates on events, conferences, teleconferences, and
webinars, and to online resources!


April 4, 2012 
  National, Volume XX 

Dear Friend,

In this month's issue of the CLRC Chronicle, you will find:


What's New at the CLRC!

Spring Forward Chicago! CLRC Spring Forward Chicago Invitation picture

The CLRC invites you to join us for Spring Forward Chicago, our first annual midwestern fundraiser, as we celebrate our strides forward in helping those coping with cancer in the Midwest.
All proceeds from Spring Forward Chicago benefit the CLRC Midwest Regional Office.
April 17, 2012, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Barn & Company - Public Room & Smokehouse - 950 West Wrightwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 $35.00 Tickets - Two-hour open beer & wine bar - Appetizers - Raffle Prizes
To purchase tickets, click here.
Questions? Please contact:
Sarah Seaman Aguirre
Administrative Assitant, Cancer Legal Resource Center
Direct: 312-541-3370

CLRC Staff Attorney Jamie Ledezma is one of Fresno's 40 Under 40!

The CLRC is extremely proud of Staff Attorney Jamie Ledezma for being recognized as one of Fresno's 2011 40 Under 40.  Learn more about Jamie and check out this video of Jamie discussing the CLRC and the work she does.


The Supreme Court of the United States Hears Oral Arguments on Health Care Reform

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cases last week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The main issues at stake included the individual mandate (the requirement that everyone must obtain health insurance by 2014, or pay a penalty), severability (whether the ACA will stand if the mandate is struck down), expansion of Medicaid, and the Anti-Injunction Act (a law that might preclude the Court from making a decision on the individual mandate until that provision of the ACA goes into effect in 2014).

A variety of organizations addressed these issues in amicus briefs, including the CLRC (as you may have seen in last month's newsletter). The CLRC’s amicus brief on the expansion of Medicaid coverage is highlighted in a roundup of those filed. To see the roundup, including a list of other organizations who weighed in on these issues, click here.

It is very difficult to predict how the Court will rule on any of these four issues. Kaiser Health News has summarized major media coverage of the oral arguments, and what happens next here. Want to hear the arguments for yourself? For full transcripts of the oral arguments, click here. Let us know your thoughts on the ACA and the four issues that are in front of the Supreme Court by writing to us at or on Facebook or Twitter. If you have questions about how the ACA affects you, call us at 866-THE-CLRC or fill out an online intake at


Register for the CLRC's 2012 Cancer Rights Conferences!
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Want to attend one of the CLRC's Cancer Rights Conferences this year? Know someone who might be interested? Register today!

  • Chicago, IL: September 7th            To register, click here.
  • Central Valley, CA: October 5th     To register, click here.
  • Houston, TX: October 19th             To register, click here.

Our conferences have been approved for 5.5 hours of CLE credit for attorneys in the states of Arkansas, California, Nevada, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  Additionally, the Houston Conference has been approved for 5 hours of Texas CLE credit. Other CLE applications are still pending, and an application has been submitted for approval for CEU contact hours for social workers through the National Association of Social Workers. 

This activity has been submitted to the Oncology Nursing Society for approval to award contact hours.  ONS is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's COA.


For more information on these upcoming Conferences, please visit


  The CLRC Releases Guides for Navigating Breast Healthcare Options

The CLRC released three county-specific legal guides for people affectedIllinois Manual cover by breast cancer in: Fresno County, CA, Los Angeles County, CA and McLean County, IL. The guides’ function is to help people navigate breast healthcare options in their counties. The guides include information about health insurance and health care options, health care reform, genetics and cancer, and managing the financial aspects of cancer treatment. While the guides are county-specific, they contain case studies, practical information, and resources that apply to everyone and give an idea of what to look for throughout California and Illinois. Funding for these guides were provided, in part, by the Central Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, and the Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

Additionally, the CLRC also released the Legal Resource Guide for People with Cancer in Illinois, a comprehensive guide for Illinoisans coping with cancer.  This manual includes information on employment, taking time off work, disability insurance, health insurance and health care options, health care reform, genetics and cancer, managing the financial aspects of cancer treatment, estate planning, and legislative advocacy. Funding for this manual was provided, in part, by the Chicagoland Affliliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

To access these guides and other CLRC educational materials, please click here.

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About the CLRCCLRC Logo 2010

The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is a national, joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School Los Angeles. The CLRC provides free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer survivors, caregivers, healthcare professionals, employers, and others coping with cancer.

A cancer diagnosis can carry with it a variety of legal issues, including insurance coverage, employment discrimination, access to health care, and estate planning. These legal issues can cause people unnecessary worry, confusion, and stress, and can be overwhelming. When these legal issues are not addressed, people may find that although they have gotten through treatment, they have lost their homes, jobs, or insurance.
Visit for more information about cancer-related legal issues and services provided by the Cancer Legal Resource Center.
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