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Topic: Families



Healthcare is often a family affair, and family caregivers are the most important source of support for older people and adults with chronic conditions. The ACA helps families pay their health insurance premiums and gives them affordable new coverage options.


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What Your Family Needs to Know About the ACA

Since it took effect in 2010, the ACA has made important changes to the way health care coverage works for children and families. The American Academy of Pediatrics created this guide in 2013 to explain some key things that families should know – including how to make sure your current pediatrician is included in the plan you choose.

Post DOMA Impact on Medicaid

This fact sheet describes the changes to the program flowing from the Supreme Court’s historic ruling. It explains the changes starting in 2014 if your state recognizes your marriage; if you are in a civil union or registered domestic partnership and your state recognizes your relationship; and if you live in a state that doesn’t recognize your relationship. (more…)

Roadmap of the Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Illinois’ Children and Families

A June 2011 document intended for use by Illinois policy analysts and makers, as well as advocates concerned with the effects and implementation of national health care reform for the population of minor children and their families. The ACA serves as the foundation for this roadmap. (more…)

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.

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.

How the ACA Helps People With Cancer and Their Families

A brochure from the American Cancer Society with straightforward facts and individuals’ stories on how those with cancer can benefit from the Affordable Care Act.

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