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What happened to the bills we cared about

early spring

The end of May brought with it a budget without our lawmakers even having to stop the clock, and a cornucopia of legislation.

We’ve been tracking several important bills, and are delighted to report that several have made it to the governor’s desk. There was also the requisite good news and alarming news from beyond Illinois’ borders. Our newsletter gives an update on both.

An important correction! We said that HB 5464 (access to mental health treatment) had stalled in committee with a fiscal note. We have been informed that it passed both houses via the Senate version, SB 682, and has also gone to the governor.

Read more in our June newsletter and special mid-month update.

The ACA is still here

You can enroll mid-year if you had a qualifying life event. Get free, local, in-person help:
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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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