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Topic: Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the most sweeping reform of the healthcare system in the United States since Medicare. The ACA was signed into law in March 2010, and was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2012.

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TrumpCare: Less for More

This analysis was released by the office of Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin as the House is set to vote on the “American Health Care Act” that would repeal large portions of the Affordable Care Act and dramatically restructure the federal-state Medicaid program, which provides health coverage to nearly 70 million Americans, including more than three million in Illinois. The report provides a district-by-district breakdown of what is at stake in Illinois.

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.

What to Know About Provider Networks

This December 2014 fact sheet from the Illinois Department of Insurance explains how consumers can know the strength of their insurance plan’s doctor and hospital network. The fact sheet details how consumers can verify that a provider is network, what to do if a type of provider is not included in a plan, and what sufficiency standards all plans are required to follow.

Breakdown of New Enrollment Rules

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services just released new information explaining how passive and active enrollment on the federal marketplace will work. This December 2015 Health Affairs blog post clarifies the complicated CMS guidance and details the processes for consumers when they choose a new plan and when they decide to remain with their old plan.

Is the Affordable Care Act Working?

This October 2014 interactive infographic from the New York Times answers key questions regarding the performance of the ACA based on measures of consumer experience, the level of uninsured, and the economic impact of the law on the healthcare industry. (more…)

2014 Voter Priorities: Fed Budget and the ACA

Just in time for the 2014 election, the National Priorities Project examines voter concerns regarding the Affordable Care Act and healthcare spending bringing to light public opinions. This fact sheet also prompts readers on questions for congressional candidates.

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…)

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…)

Halbig v. Sebelius: Text of DC District Court Decision

The District Court of the District of Columbia issued a decision in Halbig v. Sebelius, rejecting the plaintiffs’ argument that the Affordable Care Act authorized tax credits for only those individuals who purchase insurance on a fully operational state-run exchange. This is an important decision, as some of the organizations opposing the ACA have called this argument their last, best chance to sink the ACA in its entirety. The document contains the entire 39-page decision, issued Jan. 14, 2014.

Infographic: ACA Impact on Self Employment

This infographic by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows how the ACA is estimated to significantly increase the number of people who start their own businesses. 1.5 million additional people are expected to become self-employed because of protections or benefits offered by the act. The ACA relieves “job lock,” when people stay in jobs because their health insurance coverage is tied to their employment status.

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