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 Q:   Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Strategies for Successful State Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

A report by six national organizations regarding effective state implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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 Q:   Unfinished Business: Completing Health Care in Illinois This September 2011 report by United Power for Action and Justice on health care reform in Illinois includes survey results from over 600 members about problems they were encountering with their health insurance.

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 Q:   Disclosure and Review of Unreasonable Premium Increases This April 2011 brief from Health Reform GPS gives a detailed explanation of the ACA's rate review process.

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 Q:   How Safety Net Institutions Can Best Leverage Reform This April 3011 forum, “How Safety Net Institutions Can Best Leverage Federal and State Health Reform,” examined how we might re-envision Medicaid in Illinois and how to ensure that safety net institutions are central to the implementation of health reform.

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 Q:   Out-of-Pocket Spending Caps Protect Families in Illinois In 2011, 590,500 Illinoisans under the age of 65 are in families that will spend more than the out-of-pocket caps for covered services in the Affordable Care Act’s essential benefits package; 72% of them are in working families. Spending by these families will exceed the caps by $1.0 billion in one year alone.

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 Q:   How the ACA Will Strengthen Primary Care and Benefit Patients, Providers, and Payers The United States has undervalued and underinvested in primary care for decades. This January 2012 brief by the Commonwealth Fund describes how the Affordable Care Act will begin to address the neglect of America’s primary care system and, wherever possible, estimates the potential impact these efforts will have on the primary care system.

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 Q:   Progress Made with Illinois Medicaid Reforms, But Policy Concerns Remain This brief from the Shriver Center on Illinois' Medicaid reform law, signed January 25, 2011, describes how the new law makes progress in necessary areas, especially in implementing national health reform, but may not be best policy in others, especially the changes to All Kids, which narrow eligibility and increase red tape.

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 Q:   Without Reform Past High Premiums Will Be the Future This January 2011 HHS report from the Kaiser Family Foundation demonstrates that without reform health insurance premiums paid by consumers and employers would be higher in the short and long run. Under the ACA some families can save up to $14,900 a year, and tax credits will save small businesses $6 billion over two years. The full title is "Health Insurance Premiums: Past High Costs Will Become the Present and Future Without Health Reform."

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 Q:   Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA A January 2011 issue brief by The Hilltop Institute on the institute's Hospital Community Benefit Program, a central resource for state and local decision makers who seek to ensure that tax-exempt hospital community benefit activities are more responsive to pressing community health needs. The institute is a Maryland-based nonpartisan health research organization focusing on Medicaid and publicly financed health care systems.

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 Q:   State Health Facts at a Glance: Illinois Kaiser Family Foundation's state-specific data on healthcare and health reform in Illinois, including demographics and the economy, the uninsured, health status, public programs, disparities, providers and use of services.

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 Q:   Employee Health Benefits: Access and Coverage Trends This 2010 issue brief from the Employee Benefit Research Institute looks at trends in employment-based health benefits during 1997-2010. This are the most common form of health insurance in the United States, but during this period the proportion of workers with health coverage has been declining.

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 Q:   Better Health Means Better Business This June 2011 article from the Center for American Progress explains how minority-owned small businesses stand to benefit from health care reform.

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 Q:   The Impact of the Recession on Workers’ Health Coverage This April 2011 issue brief from the Employee Benefit Research Institute summarizes the toll the 2007–09 recession took on the percentage of the population with employment-based health coverage. Although percentage of individuals under age 65 with employment-based health coverage has been slowly eroding, 2009 was the first year in which it fell below 60%, marking the largest one-year decline in coverage.

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 Q:   Healthcare Reform Will Help Illinois Small Businesses This 2009 fact sheet from the Small Business Majority noted that small businesses are burdened by high premiums, especially in Illinois with its high degree of market consolidation; it concluded that reform will make healthcare more affordable for the state’s small businesses.

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