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 Q:   Health Insurance Options When You're Out of School

(March 2012) Young Invincibles and FamiliesUSA's health care tool kit on the available insurance options for young adults once they have left school.

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 Q:   54 Million More Americans with Preventive Coverage This February 2012 HHS issue brief details how the ACA's preventive services health benefits are already affecting millions of lives. The act required many insurance plans (so-called ‘non-grandfathered’ plans) to provide coverage for and eliminate cost-sharing on certain recommended preventive health services for policies renewing on or after September 23, 2010.

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 Q:   Medicaid's Impact in Illinois: Helping People with Serious Health Care Needs A report on the important role Medicaid plays in providing health care to those with chronic illnesses in Illinois. The analysis is based on data on state residents with cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, or heart disease or stroke who rely on Medicaid for their health coverage. The September 2011 report was produced by The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Families USA, The American Diabetes Association, and The American Lung Association.

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 Q:   How the ACA Helps People With Cancer and Their Families A brochure from the American Cancer Society with straightforward facts and individuals' stories on how those with cancer can benefit from the Affordable Care Act.

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 Q:   Left Out: Undocumented Immigrants and Medicaid Expansion This 2011 presentation by SHADAC (the State Health Access Data Assistance Center) explains who are undocumented immigrants, how many are in the U.S., and what national health reform means for them - as well as why the issue is of larger concern.

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 Q:   How Does the Affordable Care Act Help People Living with HIV/AIDS? A fact sheet from the federal government's AIDS.gov website outlining the ways in which people living with HIV/AIDS - or PLWHAs - will be able to benefit from the Affordable Care Act. The law helps improve access to comprehensive quality health care, thereby improving the health and well-being of all PLWHAs.

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 Q:   The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare This delightful animated video from Kaiser Family Foundation illustrates how health insurance coverage will work under health reform. Subtitled "Health Insurance Changes Coming Your Way Under the Affordable Care Act," it explains a complex law in a clever an engaging way.

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 Q:   Understanding Health Reform – A Community Guide for African Americans The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation produced this guide to help everyday people better understand the new law - the benefits available to them and its potential for strengthening our nation's health and healthcare system. (more…)

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 Q:   Preventive Services Covered by Private Plans This fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation summarizes preventive services that the ACA requires private health to cover without any patient cost-sharing, and discusses the implications and economic impacts of this coverage being made available. These requirements apply to all private plans with the exception of so-called "grandfathered" plans.

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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:   New Guidelines Mean More Preventive Services for Women This blog post, entitled "New Guidelines Mean Women with Insurance Will Get More Preventive Services Free," appeared in August 2011 at the Commonwealth Fund. It lists and discusses the new required services for women, to be covered by all non-grandfathered health plans.

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 Q:   Grandfathered Plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides many new important protections for consumers who have or who are seeking private health insurance. Grandfathered plans are exempt from requirements to comply with some of the new consumer protections that the law includes. This Families USA fact sheet describes what health plans qualify as "grandfathered plans" and which protections under the ACA apply to them.

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 Q:   Exchanges: Top Ten Priorities for Consumer Advocates Consumer advocates face seemingly infinite questions about the development of their state insurance Exchanges. Based on Community Catalyst’s experience with Exchanges in Massachusetts, Utah, and other states, this list of priorities was assembled in March 2011 to begin to answer some of the many outstanding questions in order to help state advocates build strong Exchanges that help consumers’ ability to access quality, affordable health insurance across the country.

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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:   How the ACA Is Helping Young Adults Stay Covered This report from the Commonwealth Fund describes The Affordable Care Act is making a difference for young adults, among the groups most at risk for lacking health insurance in the United States. Young adults up to age 26 may now stay on or join their parent’s health plans if they include dependent coverage, and early reports indicate that at least 600,000 have done so. (more…)

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