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What if Medicaid had informed consumer choice

A patient get in-person assistance.
Remember when the ACA Marketplace opened in 2013, and the whole thing was so complicated that special roles like “navigators” and in-person counselors, aka IPCs, had to be created to help people enroll? Even though few assisters remain due to significant funding cuts from the federal government, people still need help with healthcare choices, especially in our Medicaid program.

Most people have access to expert help figuring out their healthcare choices. With an employer, you have an HR person or representative to help you sort through your healthcare choices. On the private market, you have brokers and agents. In Medicare, you have Senior Health Insurance Program counselors and brokers. Granted, all those systems have their shortfalls, but the common thread is that there is a person you can reach for help.

Not so for Medicaid recipients – the people likely to need it the most.

Read more in our February newsletter.

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Data Matters


Medicaid Expansion

The vast majority of the newly enrolled, some 623,000 people, gained coverage through the Medicaid expansion. Map


ACA Marketplace

We’ve mapped the zip codes that had at least 50 ACA signups as of February 2016. Maps: Metro areaState


Demographics of the Uninsured

Detailed characteristics of Illinois’ uninsured by age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, employment, and other factors. Charts


Mental Health Services

An independent analysis detailing how Chicago’ inadequate public mental health services require major reform, and laying out a roadmap to achieve it. Report

 

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