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 Q:   Help for Illinoisans with Pre-Existing Conditions This May 2010 report from Families USA presents the number of state residents with diagnosed pre-existing conditions who, absent reform, would be at risk of being denied coverage in the individual insurance market. It breaks down this number by age, income, and race. It discusses how, under health reform, no one will be denied coverage, charged a higher premium, or sold a policy that excludes coverage of essential benefits because of pre-existing conditions.

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 Q:   The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Illinois This 2010 document from the White House describes the new protections and increased access to care that Affordable Care Act was already providing for people in Illinois.

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 Q:   The ACA at Two: What’s Already in Place and What to Expect This April 2012 presentation, part of the Starting Strong for Community Health series, includes an overview of the ACA, changes in effect or about to go into effect, pending state and federal policy decisions, and data on the uninsured in Illinois.

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 Q:   Immigrants and the ACA: A Primer A brief description by IHM of how immigrants, non-immigrants and undocumented immigrants are affected by the ACA.

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 Q:   The Uninsured and the Difference Health Insurance Makes This fact sheet describes the situation in 2011, when almost 48 million nonelderly Americans were uninsured, amidst a slow economic recovery. The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured provides information and analysis on healthcare coverage and access for low-income populations, with a special focus on Medicaid.

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 Q:   Treatment of Citizens and Immigrants Under Health Reform This fact sheet from the National Council of La Raza gives a point-by-point comparison of Affordable Care Act provisions as they apply to U.S. citizens, legal immigrants, and the undocumented.

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 Q:   A Guide To Health Insurance Exchanges A March 2011 FAQ from Kaiser Health News.

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 Q:   Illinois Medicaid Integrated Care Program Advocacy Toolkit This consumer guide can help you choose the ICP health plan that may work best for you. ICP is Illinois Medicaid's mandatory new program for adults (over age 19) who have disabilities and receive SSI. Eligible people who live in the target areas for this program are getting letters from HFS in the mail. This consumer guide can help you choose the health plan that may work best for you.

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 Q:   5 Key ACA Standards that Will Impact Family Planning This May 2011 document from the National Health Law Program, or NHeLP, explains these Affordable Care Act terms - Qualified Health Plans, Essential Health Benefits, Benchmark Plans, Preventive Care, and Essential Community Providers. A grasp of the complex ways these new standards interact with each other is key to understanding how access to family planning services will be impacted in Medicaid and the insurance exchanges.

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 Q:   The Value of Insurance: the Uninsured and Hospital Bills This May 2011 ASPE research brief from HHS estimates estimates the likelihood that those without health insurance would be able to pay hospital bills. (more…)

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 Q:   Will the ACA Make Health Insurance Affordable? This April 2011 report from the Commonwealth Fund assesses how much "room" people have in their budget, after paying for other necessities, to pay for health care needs. (more…)

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 Q:   Patient Advocate Foundation The Patient Advocate Foundation provides mediation and arbitration services to patients to remove obstacles to healthcare including medical debt crisis, insurance access issues and employment issues for patients with chronic, debilitating and life-threatening illnesses. Their motto is "Solving Insurance and Healthcare Access Problems."

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 Q:   Chronic Disease Management in the Affordable Care Act A February 2011 brief from Health Reform GPS about provisions in the Affordable Care Act to encourage chronic disease management as part of the overall emphasis on improving the efficiency of health care. ACA provisions incentivize active self-management by patients, provide opportunities for reimbursement of providers, and provide federal support for development of chronic disease management programs.

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 Q:   Health Reform and CLASS This February 2011 brief from Health Reform GPS discusses implementation of the ACA’s Community Living Assistance Services and Support program, a voluntary, federally administered health insurance program designed to assist eligible individuals in purchasing long-term community living services and supports. To meet the needs of this group, Congress also as part of the ACA made a number of changes in Medicaid coverage of home and community based services.

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