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 Q:   Illinois Health System Change Overview 2014 This April 2014 overview by the Make Medicare Work Coalition details major changes experienced by the Illinois health system, including the SMART Act, ACA system improvement efforts, and the 1115 Path to Transformation Waiver and what providers need to know.

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 Q:   Workplace Wellness and ACA Requirements This HHS report from the discusses the effectiveness of wellness programs and rewards, the impact of such wellness programs on the access to care and affordability of coverage for participants and nonparticipants of such programs, the impact of financial incentives on participant behavior.

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 Q:   Promoting Prevention: Workplace Wellness This paper from The Center for Disease Control and Prevention looks at how to promote wellness in the workplace by creating cultures of healthy lifestyles.

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 Q:   Smoking, Obesity, Insurance and Incentives This article from JAMA discusses how insurers of individual policies are no longer able to discriminate according to preexisting conditions, so ACA makes individual policies more in line with other forms of insurance.

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 Q:   What Americans Pay for Health Insurance under the ACA These March 2014 maps from JAMA and the Kaiser Family Foundation show different scenarios for a 40-year-old individual at three income levels buying a Marketplace plan in each state. The premium, and the portion paid by the government, is shown for five selected locations.

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 Q:   February 2014 Health Tracking Poll This poll, from Kaiser Family Foundation discusses findings relating to consumer choice in narrow versus large networks and plan costs, and consumer opinion of the Affordable Care Act.

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 Q:   ACA 'Horror Stories' and the Articles that Debunked Them As the Washington Post noted, many "horror stories" about the Affordable Care Act fall apart under scrutiny - yet the debunking information never seems to be to hand when we need it. Well, here is a large collection of scary tales and less-than-truthful anecdotes as fact-checked and debunked by the nation's press. (more…)

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 Q:   Happy Birthday, ACA! March 23, 2014, is a special day for us. It's the first birthday when the #ACA has been fully in force. We decided to mark the occasion by tweeting some #ACAturns4 Sunday brunch-time tidbits, memories and flashbacks from recent years. In case you were not able to celebrate with us, here is a roundup of our tweets - and some from our good friends. (more…)

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 Q:   Map: Chicago Uninsured Population and Enrollment Assisters This map combines data collected and generated by Enroll America with HHS assister data to show high-density uninsured communities and nearby local assistance resources.

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 Q:   A Culture of Coverage for Justice-Involved Adults in Illinois A resource guide for implementing the ACA for criminal justice personnel in Illinois from the Illinois Healthcare Implementation Council. It outlines when and how to best link justice involved individuals with the services they need, and provides resources and materials about enrolling justice-involved adults in health benefits.

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 Q:   Health Care Access and Coverage for the LGBT Community This February 2014 brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines what is known about LGBT health status, coverage, and access, and looks at recent changes within the legal and policy landscape which serve to increase access including the Affordable Care Act and Supreme Court’s DOMA decision. Both have the potential to dramatically reduce the rate of uninsured and make the health system more equitable in LGBT communities, although questions remain.

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 Q:   What the ACA means for Children and Pediatricians This brief from the American Academy of Pediatrics reviews what the ACA provisions mean for pediatric care in regards to health care access, health coverage, workforce, reimbursements, and state roles.

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 Q:   American Experience in the Marketplace This January 2014 brief describes survey results collected by the Commonwealth Fund regarding the American experience in the health insurance marketplace during the first 3 months of open enrollment. A majority of respondents say they are determined to gain coverage by the end of this year’s open enrollment period.

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 Q:   Young Adult Participation in Health Insurance Marketplace The Commonwealth Fund examines the importance of young adult utilization of the ACA marketplace in this February 2014 brief, and finds health status to be more important than age.

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 Q:   The ACA and Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers This Kaiser Family Foundation brief explains Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers under the Affordable Care Act. States have obtained or are seeking approval through Section 1115 waivers to implement Medicaid expansion in ways that extend beyond the flexibility provided by the law. Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers provide states with a way to test approaches in Medicaid that differ from federal program rules. States are still accessing enhanced federally matched funds.

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