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 Q:   Overview of the Uninsured in the United States, 2011 A summary of the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey data on health insurance coverage and the uninsured for 2010, released in September 2011. (more…)

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 Q:   The Need for Strong Federal Essential Health Benefits Standards This August 2012 letter from 80 organizations to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius notes that the agency has received numerous received numerous comments urging the use of a non-prescriptive EHB standard to keep the costs of health plans lower, but urges a robust, clear and prescriptive Federal EHB policy.

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 Q:   Seamless Access to Affordable Coverage This HHS fact sheet gives an August 2011 update on the agencies work to help build affordable insurance exchanges.

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 Q:   Opinion Leaders’ Views on Vulnerable Populations in the U.S. Health System This August 2011 survey of health care opinion leaders by the Commonwealth Fund and Modern Healthcare found that virtually all believe traditional safety-net institutions will still fulfill critical roles after ACA implementation. Most believe the new law will effectively improve access and financial protection for vulnerable populations, and support policies that would guarantee access to care for undocumented immigrants.

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 Q:   Assessing the July 2011 HHS Exchange Regulations This Community Catalyst fact sheet follows the release by HHS of the first round of exchange regulations in July 2011, and draws on Community Catalyst's work to help develop state exchanges around the country. The document highlights 10 important priorities for consumers and outlines key areas that require stronger protections or clarification in the federal regulations. It was designed so that state consumer advocates could use it to review the regulations and understand what is at stake for consumers moving forward.

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 Q:   Health Care Reform for Refugees This fact sheet from the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement explains the special benefits and protections in the Affordable Care Act for refugees and their eligibility to enjoy various general protections.

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 Q:   National Prevention Strategy - America’s Plan for Better Health and Wellness The National Prevention Strategy was developed to guide our nation in the most effective and achievable means for improving health and well-being. The Strategy prioritizes prevention by integrating recommendations and actions across multiple settings to improve health and save lives. (more…)

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 Q:   Ensuring Access to Medicaid Under Health Reform This May 2011 paper summarizes key issues from a roundtable discussion of federal and state officials and experts in December 2010. Participants discussed access gaps in access to care in Medicaid, approaches to increase provider participation in Medicaid, and greater support for safety-net providers. (more…)

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 Q:   Disclosure and Review of Unreasonable Premium Increases This April 2011 brief from Health Reform GPS gives a detailed explanation of the ACA's rate review process.

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 Q:   How Safety Net Institutions Can Best Leverage Reform This April 3011 forum, “How Safety Net Institutions Can Best Leverage Federal and State Health Reform,” examined how we might re-envision Medicaid in Illinois and how to ensure that safety net institutions are central to the implementation of health reform.

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 Q:   Medicaid Benefit Changes in the Affordable Care Act

Health Reform GPS - April 2011 Implementation Brief on Medicaid Changes in the Affordable Care Act

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 Q:   A Grant for Local Reporting on the West & South Sides The April 2011 announcement by The Chicago Community Trust of 31 Local Reporting Awards through its Community News Matters program totaling $110,000 for reporting on a variety of important issues affecting Chicago’s low-income areas, from the plight of black men in a recession to the impact of federal health care reform on West and South Side residents.

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 Q:   Health Insurance Exchanges That Work for Rural A March 2011 publication from the Center for Rural Affairs that examines some of the important rural issues and considerations in health insurance exchanges.

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 Q:   Protecting Seniors and People with Disabilities: Why It Is Important to Preserve the Maintenance Of Effort Requirement in the Affordable Care Act Right now, many states are considering making cuts to Medicaid. On January 7, 2011, governors from 28 states sent a letter to President Obama and congressional leadership asking Congress to remove the maintenance of effort requirement. (more…)

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 Q:   Out-of-Pocket Spending Caps Protect Families in Illinois In 2011, 590,500 Illinoisans under the age of 65 are in families that will spend more than the out-of-pocket caps for covered services in the Affordable Care Act’s essential benefits package; 72% of them are in working families. Spending by these families will exceed the caps by $1.0 billion in one year alone.

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