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Friday, May 31, 2013

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May is for Medicaid

Health care advocates around the state took deep sighs of relief when the Illinois Legislature passed SB 26 - the bill to implement the Medicaid expansion. This expansion is a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act in Illinois; thank your representatives who voted for it. Next stop - the Governor's desk!

Want to see who will be impacted by the expansion and the new Health Insurance Marketplace? Check out our latest release of Visualizing Health Reform. You can view by income level, age, gender, race/ethnicity, citizenship, veteran and disability status.

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May Blog Entries

Medicaid Expansion is sent to the Governor's desk
Medicaid Expansion Passes Both Houses of the Illinois General Assembly

AIDS Foundation of Chicago recounts lessons learned from CountyCare
ObamaCare Is Here – But Is It Working for People with HIV?

Movement toward a state based exchange
Illinois Senate Moves Towards Passing State Based Health Insurance Marketplace

ICIRR schools us on how to connect Illinois' immigrant population with the Marketplace
Immigrant Health Care Access & The Affordable Care Act

How does the ACA impact your community?
Visualize It!

FAQ on Navigators, In Person Counselors and Certified Application Counselors
The ACA is Coming – How Can I Help Enroll People?


May Resources


What's a premium tax credit and will I get one? Read and find out
Consumers Union: Tax Credit Brochure

Materials from a May Event on the impact of ACA on immigrants/non-citizens
ACA Briefing for Organizations that Serve Immigrants & Refugees

Messages and tools to use for reaching the uninsured
Starting Strong Webinar on Connecting Consumers to Coverage

Looking for partners in your IPC grant? You might find one here
Consumer Assistance Spreadsheet

ACA will enable 1.5 million people to start their own business
Infographic: ACA Impact on Self Employment

Preview the Obamacare Application
Health Insurance Sample Application for an Individual


Upcoming Health Care Reform Events & Webinars


June 5: Countdown to Coverage: Health Reform in Southern Illinois
June 5-July 25: CMS Health Insurance Marketplace Training Webinars
June 6: Health Care Reform Implementation Council Meeting & Alliance for Health Town Hall
June 10: ACA 101: What State Legislators Need to Know Before 2014
June 10-14: Men’s Health Week
June 25: Webinar: The Role of Free and Charitable Clinics in 2014 and Beyond
June 27: Medicaid Managed Care in Illinois: Developing Innovative Partnerships for Health

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