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 Q:   A Profile of Health Insurance Exchange Enrollees This March 2011 fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation Fact Sheet uses the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to simulate a demographic, health status, and health utilization profile of the individuals across the nation expected to obtain health insurance coverage through the Exchanges by 2019.

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 Q:   Help for Illinoisans with Pre-Existing Conditions This May 2010 fact sheet from Families USA showed that nearly 1 out of every 4 Illinoisans was at risk for denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions. (more…)

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 Q:   2011 Illinois Health Care Market Facts This July 2011 infographic from Crain's Chicago Business presents key health care market statistics for Illinois, based on data from the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council. It highlights an estimated 407,000 Chicago-area jobs to be supported by hospitals, hospital operations and hospital construction.

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 Q:   Key Trends in Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance: Illinois

SHADAC's June 2011 state-level summary table of key ESI characteristics.

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 Q:   SHOPping Around: A Roadmap to Setting up Health Care Exchanges for Small Business This 60-page report was intended to provide guidance for states, policymakers, health reform advocates, and small-business leaders as they began to implement state SHOP exchanges for small business. The fundamental mission of SHOPs is to create a well-functioning health insurance marketplace providing an array of affordable, high-quality health insurance plans for small businesses and their employees. This report, prepared in 2011 by the Center for American Progress and the Small Business Majority, presents an overview of the problems small businesses face in affording health care and addresses the details of the SHOP exchange and how it will help.

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 Q:   Roadmap of the Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Illinois’ Children and Families A June 2011 document intended for use by Illinois policy analysts and makers, as well as advocates concerned with the effects and implementation of national health care reform for the population of minor children and their families. The ACA serves as the foundation for this roadmap. (more…)

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 Q:   When 133 Equals 138: FPL Calculations in the Affordable Care Act SHADAC's January 2011 explanation of Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act for non-disabled childless adults.

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 Q:   How to Educate the Public about the ACA Recommendations from CaliforniaSpeaks. The group conducted seven community dialogue sessions with more than 220 participants (total, at all sessions) across California during January and February 2011 to explore the key factors that influence support and opposition to the law, including ways to better educate the public about its actual provisions. The forums were supported by a grant from the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

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 Q:   Illinois Healthcare Quality Snapshot This AHRQ document contains data on healthcare quality for Illinois, including the five strongest and weakest measures, and data on payers and on disparities. It was generated in May 2011 based on AHRQ data collected for the 2010 National Healthcare Quality Report. The parent website has now moved here.

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 Q:   Public Opinion and Health Care Policy Tutorial This 13-minute audio tutorial covers basic concepts and data concerning health reform and the impression people have about the nation's health cares system. It was produced for kaiserEDU.org, a Kaiser Family Foundation website that ceased production in September 2013; however, the materials remain available.

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 Q:   Opinion Leaders’ Views on the Role of States in Reform This May 2011 Commonwealth Fund survey of health care opinion leaders found that 70% favor the balance set by the Affordable Care Act or more authority for the federal government.

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 Q:   Keeping Coverage Continuous: Smoothing the Path between Medicaid and the Exchange A key challenge for those implementing the reform law is how to manage churning, when people cycle in and out of public programs as their income varies. What approaches are states and the federal government taking to minimize the disruption from churning? Will people be able to keep their provider as they move from Medicaid to private coverage and back? This May 2011 briefing, sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth, addressed these and related questions.

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 Q:   A Five-Part Strategy for Reaching the Eligible Uninsured This May 2011 report from Urban Institute offers advice to federal policymakers working to promote enrollment in health insurance programs created or expanded by the Affordable Care Act. “Implementing National Health Reform: A Five-Part Strategy for Reaching the Eligible Uninsured,” suggests ways to maximize the uninsured into subsidized coverage utilizing a combination of technology and collaboration.

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 Q:   Rahm Emanuel's 2011 Transition Plan The May 2011 transition plan of Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel. It outlines major initiatives the city will undertake during the first 100 days, first year, and first term of his administration.

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 Q:   Immigrants, States and Coverage Gaps A presentation by Lynn Blewett, "Immigrants’ access to care under the Affordable Care Act: The role of states in addressing coverage gaps," at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health's symposium, Accelerating the Future: the Changing Face of Health in America, held April 19, 2011, in Minneapolis.

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