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 Q:   Health Reform Implementation Glossary This glossary of more than 200 key reform terms is provided by HealthReformGPS, a project of the George Washington University's Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project is aimed at making health reform implementation easier to understand.

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 Q:   Illinois Health Care Reform Implementation Council Initial Report This March 2011 report provides the Council's first set of recommendations on ACA implementation. They fall into two categories: issues the state must address immediately, and decisions that can be made after more information is gathered. Foremost among the immediate recommendations is to establish a health insurance exchange for Illinois, governed by a quasi-governmental authority.

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 Q:   Medical Loss Ratio in Illinois - SB 1618 This March 2010 from the Illinois Department of Insurance describes SB 1618, which was designed to bring Illinois law into conformity with one of the core consumer protections established by the Affordable Care Act.

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 Q:   HRSA Health Professions: Affordable Care Act Opportunities

HRSA's website about health professions grants including upcoming grant opportunities for: Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) - (Due February 25); Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (Due February 28); and Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant (Due March 11)

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 Q:   CMS EHR Incentive Programs The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs will provide payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. (more…)

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 Q:   The ACA's Prevention Fund in Illinois The Affordable Care Act created a new "Prevention and Public Health Fund" to assist state and community efforts to prevent illness and promote health, so that all Americans can lead longer, more productive lives. This state detail shows the amounts of funding and specific projects undertaken to improve wellness and prevention in Illinois. See the national map.

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 Q:   A Guide to Effective Storybanking Community Catalyst prepared researched how storytelling coupled with elements of reform can be particularly successful in making the law real for your audience and prepared this guide to help you reach out to people in your area with compelling stories about the impact of the Affordable Care Act.

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 Q:   Materials and Webcasts from Health Action 2011 Health Action is Families USA's annual conference on health care policy and advocacy.

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 Q:   How the ACA Will Strengthen Primary Care and Benefit Patients, Providers, and Payers The United States has undervalued and underinvested in primary care for decades. This January 2012 brief by the Commonwealth Fund describes how the Affordable Care Act will begin to address the neglect of America’s primary care system and, wherever possible, estimates the potential impact these efforts will have on the primary care system.

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 Q:   Progress Made with Illinois Medicaid Reforms, But Policy Concerns Remain This brief from the Shriver Center on Illinois' Medicaid reform law, signed January 25, 2011, describes how the new law makes progress in necessary areas, especially in implementing national health reform, but may not be best policy in others, especially the changes to All Kids, which narrow eligibility and increase red tape.

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 Q:   Without Reform Past High Premiums Will Be the Future This January 2011 HHS report from the Kaiser Family Foundation demonstrates that without reform health insurance premiums paid by consumers and employers would be higher in the short and long run. Under the ACA some families can save up to $14,900 a year, and tax credits will save small businesses $6 billion over two years. The full title is "Health Insurance Premiums: Past High Costs Will Become the Present and Future Without Health Reform."

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 Q:   Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA A January 2011 issue brief by The Hilltop Institute on the institute's Hospital Community Benefit Program, a central resource for state and local decision makers who seek to ensure that tax-exempt hospital community benefit activities are more responsive to pressing community health needs. The institute is a Maryland-based nonpartisan health research organization focusing on Medicaid and publicly financed health care systems.

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 Q:   Exchange Governance and Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability This January 2011 presentation by the Illinois Department of Insurance described initial guidance from HHS on state exchanges and discussed issues including where the exchange should be located, whether it should be run by a governing board, and if so of what composition?

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 Q:   Health Reform Impact on Illinois Safety Net Hospitals This May 2010 document from Health & Medicine Policy Research Group summarized key provisions of health care reform related to non-profit and disproportionate share hospitals and the potential impact of these changes on these hospitals in Illinois. Reform legislation impacts these hospitals through changes in payment sources and community- benefit requirements, among other reforms.

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 Q:   State Health Facts at a Glance: Illinois Kaiser Family Foundation's state-specific data on healthcare and health reform in Illinois, including demographics and the economy, the uninsured, health status, public programs, disparities, providers and use of services.

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