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 Q:   Health Reform: 7 Things You Need to Know Health reform will affect every American because the new health law establishes new consumer protections and responsibilities. This brief guide was developed by Consumer Reports in 2012 to help readers understand what the changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act mean for you and your family.

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 Q:   Cost-Sharing for Medicaid, All Kids and Illinois Healthy Women Passage of the "SMART Act" (Public Act 097-0689, the "Save Medicaid Access and Resources Together" Act) brought about changes to participant cost-sharing for Medicaid, All Kids and Illinois Healthy Women. This August 2012 information notice from HFS details the changes in co-pays and co-pay collection for participating providers.

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 Q:   Women’s Preventive Health Services and Your Insurer This fact sheet from National Women's Law Center focuses on the new provisions requiring insurance plans to cover certain women’s preventive health services without cost-sharing. It includes a very useful flow chart for women seeking help in approaching and contacting their insurance company to ensure they are asking the right questions to receive the coverage they are now entitled to.

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 Q:   Contraceptive Coverage in the Health Care Law This fact sheet from the National Women's Law Center answers questions regarding the new provisions in the health care law requiring insurance companies to cover contraceptives with no co-pay. The provision goes into effect August 1, 2012.

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 Q:   Contraceptive Coverage and Religiously-Affiliated Employers This March 2012 fact sheet from the National Women's Law Center describes the narrow class of religious employers that are exempt from the contraceptive coverage requirement and answers questions about the specifics of this accommodation.

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 Q:   Women's Benefits Under the ACA: A Timeline This concise timeline from Planned Parenthood shows when various benefits for women mandated by the Affordable Care Act go into effect, from 2010 to 2014.

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 Q:   Worry No More: Illinoisans with Pre-Existing Conditions Are Protected This July 2012 report from Families USA spells out many people with pre-existing conditions live in Illinois and in each county, with a breakdown based on age, income level, and racial or ethnic group. (more…)

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 Q:   Los Inmigrantes y La Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio: Una introducción This introductory primer, presented in both English and Spanish, provides a brief explanation of what the ACA means to immigrants and/or those who are not citizens of the United States.

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 Q:   AARP's Health Law Answers This interactive guide will help you learn how the health care law works for you and your family, wherever you live. Information provided is specific to your state, gender, age, household size, and income.

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 Q:   The ACA on NPR's "All Things Considered" After it was upheld by the Supreme Court, many Americans were scrambling to remember — or learn for the first time – what's in the law and how it works. NPR's "All Things Considered" asked for questions from audiences online and on air, and presented some answers, edited for clarity and length. See the transcript, or listen to the segment, which aired in July 2012.

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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:   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:   Medical Loss Ratio Rebates: 2012 Estimates In April 2012 the Kaiser Family Foundation estimated the amount in rebates consumers and employers could expect to receive that year, by state and market segment.

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 Q:   How Many Have Pre-Existing Conditions? 36 Million to 122 Million Asked to examine the effect of the ACA prohibition against discrimination based on pre-existing condition, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that previous estimates of individuals with pre-existing conditions ranged from 36 million to 122 million. The estimates in the GAO's March 2012 study were for people age 19-64.

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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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