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 Q:   CountyCare: A Historic Opportunity to Improve Care for People with HIV This report by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago outlines the importance of CountyCare and the role it can play in improving access to health services for people with HIV. It also contains a number of policy recommendations for the city and state departments of public health, Cook County, and the federal government. The full title is "CountyCare & the Ryan White Program: Working Together to Optimize Health Outcomes for People with HIV."

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 Q:   Land of Lincoln - Illinois' "CO-OP" Slides from a presentation held in April 2013 on the new Land of Lincoln insurer, Illniois' first and only Consumer Operated & Oriented Plan, or CO-OP. (more…)

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 Q:   Help Is At Hand: New Health Insurance Tax Credits in Illinois April 2013 Report by Families USA  which takes a closer look at the premium tax credits in Illinois, which will help Illinoisans with incomes up to four times the federal poverty level ($94,200 for a family of four in 2013) afford coverage.

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 Q:   Public Not Paying Much Attention To State Decisions The March 2013 tracking poll is one in a series designed and analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation's public opinion research team. The March poll finds that two-thirds of the uninsured and a majority of Americans overall say they have too little information to know how the Affordable Care Act will affect them, and that Americans’ awareness of key elements of the law has declined somewhat since passage when media attention was at its height.

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 Q:   Five Key Facts: Veterans and Medicaid Expansion Not all veterans have access to health care via the VA, and uninsured veterans have a disproportionate amount and complexity of medical needs. This March 2013 fact sheet from the National Health Law Program describes how Medicaid expansion can improve veterans’ access to care.

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 Q:   Health Insurance Market Reforms: Portability This March 2013 fact sheet by Kaiser Family Foundation discusses changes to portability of health insurance coverage in individual and group markets under the ACA.

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 Q:   ACA to Expand Mental Health Benefits for 62 Million Americans In one of the largest expansions of mental health and substance use disorder coverage in a generation, the Affordable Care Act will expand mental health and substance use disorder benefits and parity protections for 62 million Americans. This February 2013 ASPE research brief from HHS describes the three distinct ways that benefits and parity protections are being expanded. It includes a chart of the numbers of people expected to gain benefits or see their benefits extended.

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 Q:   Federal ACA Implementation FAQs These answers to frequently asked questions regarding implementation of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act were prepared in February 2013 jointly by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury. (more…)

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 Q:   CLASP Health Care Reform Resources A January 2013 list of health care reform resources from CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc.

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 Q:   Care Coordination, Managed Care and Long-Term Services and Supports  This 2012 document from Health and Medicine Policy Research Group charts the roadmap for federal and state initiatives in these areas, both those already in effect and those to be phased in during 2013.

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 Q:   Presidential Candidates on Women's Health Coverage and Reproductive Health Care This October 2012 issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation was meant to provide a factual summary of these issue for those following them in the 2012 presidential election.

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 Q:   Uninsured Quiz The large number of uninsured people in the United States has been at the forefront of health policy discussion for decades, and in recent years has received increased attention with the passage of the health reform law in 2010. How much do you know about the uninsured population and the consequences of not having coverage? Take this quiz from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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 Q:   The ACA and Midwest AAPI Communities This presentation by the Asian Health Coalition at the September 2012 "Aspiration: Advancing Justice" conference" speaks to the effect of Affordable Care Act implementation on Midwest communities of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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 Q:   The Summary of Benefits and Uniform Glossary All insurance companies and group health plans must use the same standard SBC form to help you compare health plans. You have the right to receive the SBC when shopping for or enrolling in coverage or if you request a copy from your issuer or group health plan. These are linked from HealthCare.gov. HealthCare.gov will also provide consumers with a new resource, in the form of an online glossary, to help them understand some of the most common but confusing jargon used in health insurance.

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 Q:   Health Reform & You: Strengthening Primary Care (Video) This video, part of a new health reform series, explains how primary care doctors' visits are changing. It outlines the problems many people have with today’s primary care, and how the medical home — an approach to primary care supported by the ACA — is improving access and quality of care while lowering costs.

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