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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Feb 7, 2014

Economists, Health Policy Experts Weigh In On The CBO Obamacare Report

In the coming years, some Americans will voluntarily reduce their work hours or decide not to be employed at all as a result of the health coverage available under the Affordable Care Act, a report released Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office shows. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the report, which has prompted strong reaction from both supporters and opponents of the health reform law.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Oct 28, 2013

Peeling Back The Layers Of Doubt In The ACA's Glitch-Filled Start

The roll out of the Affordable Care Act met another snag Sunday after Terremark, the company that hosts the federal government's data hub and HealthCare.gov site, experienced a network failure. Progress Illinois takes a look at the recent debacle and the controversy that has surrounded the health reform law's glitch-filled start.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Oct 2, 2013

Health Care Advocates Celebrate The Launch Of Illinois' Health Insurance Marketplace

Tuesday was a big day for Illinoisans, and Americans across the country, without health coverage who were able to start comparison shopping on the new statewide health insurance exchanges, one of the key aspects of the Affordable Care Act.

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
Wed May 15, 2013

Immigrant Communities Face Major Barriers In Navigating Affordable Care Act Eligibility, Report Finds

Nearly 260,000 uninsured immigrants in Illinois will be eligible for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when open enrollment begins in October. But a plethora of barriers, including language, literacy and culture, may stand in the way, according to a recent report by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Thu May 9, 2013

IL Senate Committee Passes Legislation For State-based Health Insurance Exchange

The Illinois Senate Insurance Committee passed a measure Wednesday that looks to establish a state-run health insurance marketplace for small businesses and individuals as part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Some health care and consumer advocates are pushing for a state-based insurance exchange, but questions still remain on how to make the marketplace the best it can be.

"We're walking into a new territory. We haven’t been here yet," said Brigid Leahy, director of legislative affairs at Planned Parenthood of Illinois. "But at least we know that if we're running things at the state level, we can fix things, we can make them better, we have better control over making sure that it works for consumers. If it’s in the hands of the feds, we don’t have that power." 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Apr 9, 2013

Nearly One Million Illinoisans Eligible For Health Coverage Tax Credits Under The Affordable Care Act

About 957,000 Illinoisans will be eligible for premium tax credits in 2014 that will help them pay for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, a report released Thursday from Families USA shows.

More than half of the nearly one million people who will qualify have annual incomes between 200 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level (or $47,100 to $94,200 for a family of four), allowing the premium tax credits to reach deep into the middle class, said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA.

“The tax credit subsidies are a game changer,” Pollack said on a conference call with reporters. “They will make health coverage affordable for huge numbers of uninsured families who would have been priced out of the health coverage and care they need.”

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Thu Aug 2, 2012

With Blagojevich Behind Bars, 'All Kids' Continues To Be A Beacon In IL Children's Health Care

Conceived by then-Governor Rod Blagojevich in 2005, the All Kids program has helped ensure that 96 percent of Illinois children get health care insurance.

Quick Hit
by Steven Ross Johnson
Mon Jul 9, 2012

Local Health Advocates Press Quinn For Illinois Health Exchange

Emboldened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last month that upheld key elements within President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act of 2010, health reform advocates recently called on Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to move quickly toward establishing a state-run health insurance exchange prior to the federal government’s January 1 deadline.

More than a hundred health, education and labor groups signed a letter sent to Gov. Quinn last week asking him to issue an executive order to implement an exchange in light of the Illinois General Assembly’s inability to develop a plan prior to the conclusion of its spring session in May.