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Topic: Data

Digitally presenting data helps us understand who the uninsured are and where they live, or find the locations of facilities and services. Such visualizations allow governments and communities to discover how well needs are being met, and they can serve to inform future programs, outreach, and policy.

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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.

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.”

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.

A “Job-Killing” Law? Finds No Evidence

A January 2011 analysis by concluded that House Republicans had misrepresented the facts. In fact, experts were predicting the health care law would have little effect on employment.

This May 2012 report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Urban Institute presents the demographic characteristics of nonelderly veterans and their family members by insurance status as well as the number of uninsured veterans by state. (more…)

How Many Have Pre-Existing Conditions? 36 Million to 122 Million

Asked to examine the effect of the ACA prohibition against discrimination based on pre-existing condition, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that previous estimates of individuals with pre-existing conditions ranged from 36 million to 122 million. The estimates in the GAO’s March 2012 study were for people age 19-64.

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.

The Uninsured and the Difference Health Insurance Makes

This fact sheet describes the situation in 2011, when almost 48 million nonelderly Americans were uninsured, amidst a slow economic recovery. The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured provides information and analysis on healthcare coverage and access for low-income populations, with a special focus on Medicaid.

A Flowchart of How to Get Health Coverage

From “Start here – Is employer coverage available?” this one-page, printable flowchart from the Kaiser Family Foundation takes you through a series of yes/no questions to show how coverage determinations are made and what coverage options are available in different circumstances.

State by State Enrollment in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan

This interactive table shows when each state began providing benefits to people accepted into the program and the number of people enrolled. Historical data in the table shows that Illinois had enrolled 943 people in the temporary program by November 2011 and had over 3,500 enrolled at its peak in May 2013. (more…)

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