Health Insurance On The Table
A Chicago soul food landmark for over 40 years, Edna’s Restaurant in Garfield Park had both a loyal customer base and a staff to match, weathering a temporary closure in 2010 after the death of its founder. Now called Ruby’s Restaurant, new owner Henry Henderson and long-time manager Lillie Joiner discuss their choices in trying to find health-care coverage for their employees. The Affordable Care Act already provides many such establishments with tax credits for health care coverage, and by 2014, a new marketplace will ensure Illinois small businesses have quality, affordable coverage options.
Jay Dunn is a National Geographic award-winning photojournalist, specializing in inspired coverage of humanitarian issues and cultural tradition worldwide. With an emphasis on stories that dignify the human struggle, he works closely with NGOs and social service groups to document on-the-ground conditions in education, poverty relief, crisis management and cultures in transition.
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Illinois Health Matters presented accessible, personal stories about how health care reform is impacting underserved communities on the South and West sides of Chicago. These stories were part of the Local Reporting Initiative, supported in part by The Chicago Community Trust.