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 Q:   Mind the Health Gaps This November 2015 report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores disparities in quality of life in Illinois. The report finds that 5,800 deaths could be avoided if all Illinoisans had equal opportunity to live healthy lives.

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 Q:   Affordable, Quality Care for All? This November 2015 brief from the National Health Council shares patient experiences of Marketplace enrollees with chronic conditions. A major finding: Marketplace consumers, especially those with complex medical needs, require more tools to make informed enrollment decisions.

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 Q:   Choosing the Right Level of Coverage This October 2015 fact sheet from Consumer's Union explains what the Marketplace's metal levels mean and how consumers can use the information to compare plans.

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 Q:   What Insurance Can My Client Get? This October 2015 grid from Health & Disability Advocates gives the dollar amount income thresholds for health care programs in Illinois.

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 Q:   The 1.1 Million Uninsured Illinoisans This October 2015 issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation gives state-by-state totals on the number of uninsured. The brief also identifies whether the uninsured would qualify for Medicaid or financial assistance through the Marketplace.

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 Q:   Open (and Understand) Your Mail This September 2015 list of 9 facts from the IRS explains the notices that may be delivered to the mailboxes of Marketplace consumers.

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 Q:   Get Covered, No Excuses This October 2015 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates lists the health insurance options for young adults 30 years-old and under.

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 Q:   ACA 2.0 This August 2015 report from the Urban Institute outlines policy changes to improve implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Improving affordability and increasing the number of people with health insurance are discussed.

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 Q:   The State of Health Coverage, 2014 This September 2015 report from the US Census Bureau gives an update on the number of people who gained health insurance in 2014.  The report found that nine million people gained coverage in 2014.

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 Q:   Effective Health Care Outreach This September 2015 brief from the Center for Health Care Strategies presents approaches for engaging with Medicaid and Medicare eligible health care consumers. This group is more likely to have chronic health conditions and is harder to engage.

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 Q:   Cutting Services, Eliminating Independence This August 2015 report from Health & Disability Advocates communicates the consequences of changing the minimum eligibility threshold for the Determination of Need screen. The report highlights the personal stories of people who would be directly impacted.

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 Q:   The Role of Public Health in Chicago's Mental Health System This August 2015 report from Health & Disability Advocates details the Chicago Department of Public Health's work in supporting behavioral health. The report gives recommendations for improving mental health delivery.

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 Q:   Maneuvering the Medicare and Medicaid Maze This July 2015 report from Health & Disability Advocates and the Make Medicare Work Coalition shares the experiences of professionals in helping older adults and people with disabilities navigate the health care system. The report is based on a survey of MMW membership that covered topics including Medicare and Medicaid enrollment, Medicaid redeterminations, and Medicaid managed care.

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 Q:   Reaching the Uninsured After King v. Burwell This June 2015 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates identifies the location of and demographic information for the remaining uninsured in Illinois. The fact sheet  promotes partnerships between navigators and brokers to connect the uninsured to health insurance with the marketplace.

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 Q:   Eligibility Mistakes for Tax Dependents Healthcare.gov has been incorrectly counting Social Security income received by children and other tax dependents when calculating household income. The mistake can push a person's income over the Medicaid or CHIP eligibility threshold. This February 2015 alert for assistors and advocates explains the error and outlines steps to appeal incorrect eligibility decisions.

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