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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.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Oct 7, 2013

Census Bureau: Poverty Rate Remains High In Illinois

Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Illinois' poverty rate continued to hover near 15 percent last year.

According to the new American Community Survey data, 14.7 percent Illinoisans, or 1.85 million people, were living in poverty in 2012. That's not much of a statistical change from 2011, when 15 percent of people, or 1.88 million, were in poverty.

At the national level, the poverty rate also remained fixed last year at 15 percent, impacting some 46.5 million Americans.

"Both nationally and in Illinois, more people were working over the course of the year, and that didn't translate into decreased poverty," said Amy Terpstra, associate director of the Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research Center.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Oct 3, 2013

Statewide Campaign Meant To Help Illinois Students Obtain Health Insurance Launches

In an effort to encourage more young people to obtain health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Illinois PIRG Education Fund kicked off a statewide campaign Thursday meant to inform students about the law as well as provide tips on finding the right coverage. 

The Illinois PIRG Education Fund, which conducts research and public education on behalf of consumers, also unveiled a new "Illinois Health Insurance 101" guide to help young people navigate the state's online health insurance marketplace, called Get Covered Illinois, which opened Tuesday along with other exchanges nationwide. The statewide insurance marketplaces are a key component of President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law.

"Many are saying that young people don't care. That we don't want access to health insurance. That we don't understand it," said Kathy Waligora with the community health non-profit Ever Thrive Illinois, which helped launch the educational campaign at an event at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). "The truth is we get it...[We] do want health insurance. We actually do understand the importance of being insured."

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.