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 Q:   Coverage Options for Individuals Age 65+ This full-color flow chart from Age Options and the Make Medicare Work coalition uses simple questions to help you determine how to obtain coverage through Medicare or the Health Insurance Marketplace based on your eligibility and which is more affordable.

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 Q:   Uninsured Asians in Illinois: Moving From Eligible to Enrolled This August 2013 issue brief from the Asian Health Coalition and Health & Disability Advocates predicted that 75,000 currently uninsured Asians in Illinois would be eligible for coverage in 2014 through the Medicaid expansion and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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 Q:   The Simple Dollar's Guide to Health Insurance As an informed consumer, understanding the building blocks of health insurance can end up saving you money. This guide will take you through the health insurance essentials, teaching you how to go about making the stressful financial and medical decisions without compromising your coverage.

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 Q:   Health Care Reform Presentation in Spanish Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Shriver National Center on Poverty Law present an overview of the Affordable Care Act for Spanish speaking audiences.

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 Q:   Federal Rules on Individual Shared Responsibility Exemptions This June 2013 CMS fact sheet summarizes federal eligibility rules for receiving an exemption from the individual shared responsibility provision. The rules will ease implementation and help to ensure that the shared responsibility payment obligation applies only to the limited group of taxpayers who have ready access to affordable coverage but choose to spend a substantial period of time uninsured. (more…)

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 Q:   Health Reform Beyond the Basics: Premium Tax Credits This May 2013 fact sheet by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities answers some frequently asked questions about Premium Tax Credits.

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 Q:   The ACA: Improving Incentives for Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment This policy brief estimated that the number of self-employed Americans would be 1.5 million higher in 2014 because of the Affordable Care Act. Beginning next year, access to high-quality, subsidized health insurance coverage will no longer be exclusively tied to employment, which could lead people to pursue their own businesses as self-employed entrepreneurs. (more…)

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 Q:   Post DOMA Impact on Medicaid This fact sheet describes the changes to the program flowing from the Supreme Court’s historic ruling. It explains the changes starting in 2014 if your state recognizes your marriage; if you are in a civil union or registered domestic partnership and your state recognizes your relationship; and if you live in a state that doesn’t recognize your relationship. (more…)

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 Q:   CountyCare Presentation: MAC Access Subcommittee  CountyCare presentation by Susan Greene and Sidney Thomas on June 17, 2013 at the MAC Access Subcommittee.

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 Q:   Primary Care: Our First Line of Defense Touching on some of the critical concepts in health care reform, this brief from the Commonwealth Fund explains why primary care is so important to patients and also to the country’s bottom line. It looks at medical homes, a model of care in which a team of health professionals works together to ensure people get the right care, as well as ways we can change payments to doctors and hospitals to make sure care is appropriate and people are healthy and productive. Finally, it reviews how the health care reform law is designed to help strengthen primary care.

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 Q:   How the Affordable Care Act Makes Health Coverage More Affordable This May 2013 fact sheet from Families USA summarizes the consumer protections and financial assistance to help people purchase coverage. (more…)

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 Q:   Health Care & DACA Deferred Action This document from the National Immigration Law Center describes two official policy announcements released by the Obama Administration on August 28, 2012, that specifically affect eligibility for federal health care programs for individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The announcement changes federal rules for DACA-eligible individuals by excluding them from affordable health insurance options that are available to other individuals with deferred action. This information is an update of NILC fact sheet from August 2012.

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 Q:   SHOP Application Form for Small Business Employees CMS released sample SHOP applications that employees of small businesses will use to apply for coverage if they are eligible to get SHOP health coverage from their employer. (There are two print versions of the SHOP application: this one for the small business employee, and another one for the small business owner.)

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 Q:   Infographic: ACA Impact on Self Employment This infographic by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows how the ACA is estimated to significantly increase the number of people who start their own businesses. 1.5 million additional people are expected to become self-employed because of protections or benefits offered by the act. The ACA relieves "job lock," when people stay in jobs because their health insurance coverage is tied to their employment status.

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 Q:   Cut the Cost of Health Insurance - Tax Credit Brochure This 2013 brochure from Consumers Union provides simple examples that help you see if you qualify for the new tax credit and how to decide whether you want to take the credit in advance, or take it later and lower the amount you pay at tax time.

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