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Topic: Chronic Conditions



Health or medical problems that persist or have long-lasting effects, such diabetes, kidney disease, and heart disease, require monitoring, coordinated treatment, and patient education. Chronic conditions can also place undue stress on family caregivers.


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Heart Disease and Health Care Reform

This page on the American Heart Association site helps consumers with cardiovascular disease or stroke history understand what they need to know regarding health care reform. Sections also discuss heart disease as it relates to women and minorities.

CountyCare: A Historic Opportunity to Improve Care for People with HIV

This report by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago outlines the importance of CountyCare and the role it can play in improving access to health services for people with HIV. It also contains a number of policy recommendations for the city and state departments of public health, Cook County, and the federal government. The full title is “CountyCare & the Ryan White Program: Working Together to Optimize Health Outcomes for People with HIV.”

Letter to DOI: Essential Health Benefits

A letter by several groups involved with chronic conditions sent in May 2012 to the director of the Illinois Department of Insurance, asking that the department to make information available regarding to potential benchmark plans for Illinois’ Essential Health Benefits plan. The letter lists 31 health plan benefits that are important in treating heart disease, diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.

The ACA and Family Caregivers

The new health care reform law contains a number of provisions that provide meaningful opportunities to better recognize and address caregiver needs. This October 2011 AARP fact sheet highlights and discusses provisions that mention family caregivers in important ways.

Medicaid’s Impact in Illinois: Helping People with Serious Health Care Needs

A report on the important role Medicaid plays in providing health care to those with chronic illnesses in Illinois. The analysis is based on data on state residents with cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, or heart disease or stroke who rely on Medicaid for their health coverage. The September 2011 report was produced by The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Families USA, The American Diabetes Association, and The American Lung Association.

How Does the Affordable Care Act Help People Living with HIV/AIDS?

A fact sheet from the federal government’s AIDS.gov website outlining the ways in which people living with HIV/AIDS – or PLWHAs – will be able to benefit from the Affordable Care Act. The law helps improve access to comprehensive quality health care, thereby improving the health and well-being of all PLWHAs.

Illinois Medicaid Integrated Care Program Advocacy Toolkit

This consumer guide can help you choose the ICP health plan that may work best for you. ICP is Illinois Medicaid’s mandatory new program for adults (over age 19) who have disabilities and receive SSI. Eligible people who live in the target areas for this program are getting letters from HFS in the mail. This consumer guide can help you choose the health plan that may work best for you.

Patient Advocate Foundation

The Patient Advocate Foundation provides mediation and arbitration services to patients to remove obstacles to healthcare including medical debt crisis, insurance access issues and employment issues for patients with chronic, debilitating and life-threatening illnesses. Their motto is “Solving Insurance and Healthcare Access Problems.”

Chronic Disease Management in the Affordable Care Act

A February 2011 brief from Health Reform GPS about provisions in the Affordable Care Act to encourage chronic disease management as part of the overall emphasis on improving the efficiency of health care. ACA provisions incentivize active self-management by patients, provide opportunities for reimbursement of providers, and provide federal support for development of chronic disease management programs.

Health Reform and CLASS

This February 2011 brief from Health Reform GPS discusses implementation of the ACA’s Community Living Assistance Services and Support program, a voluntary, federally administered health insurance program designed to assist eligible individuals in purchasing long-term community living services and supports. To meet the needs of this group, Congress also as part of the ACA made a number of changes in Medicaid coverage of home and community based services.

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