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Topic: Health Reform



As far back as 1948, President Truman drew attention to the need to make healthcare more accessible, stating that “most of our people cannot afford to pay for the care they need.” In recent decades this has been a growing national issue, which came to a boil during the enactment of, and subsequent constitutional challenges to, the Affordable Care Act.


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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

Trusted Voices Transform Care

This November 2015 issue brief from Community Catalyst outlines how Community Health Workers can play a role in health system reform. The brief identifies funding sources to finance these positions and pathways for involving Community Health Workers in local partnerships.

Mind the Health Gaps

This November 2015 report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores disparities in quality of life in Illinois. The report finds that 5,800 deaths could be avoided if all Illinoisans had equal opportunity to live healthy lives.

The ACA’s Changes to Tax Returns

This December 2014 question and answer from the IRS outlines changes to tax filing because of the healthcare reform law. The IRS details how individuals report minimum essential coverage on their tax forms and how to reconcile or claim premium tax credits.

Understanding Different Types of Deductibles

The December 2014 blog entry from the Center on Health Insurance Reforms explains the difference between an embedded deductible and aggregate deductible. The terms apply to families purchasing health insurance.

How 21-Year-Olds Can Avoid Premium Hikes

Returning to the marketplace can mitigate cost increases due to aging. In a November 2014 blog post, Kaiser Health News explains how 21-year-olds can benefit from re-applying for coverage during the 2015 enrollment period.

Choosing Marketplace or Workplace Plans

Getting health insurance through the marketplace could be a better deal for individuals and families currently covered through their job. This October 2014 fact sheet from Families USA describes what factors to consider when making the decision. The fact sheet outlines who qualifies for marketplace plans and what types of financial assistance individuals and families could receive.

First Look at the Open Payment System

The Open Payments System, mandated by the ACA, details payments made to doctors and teaching hospitals by pharmaceutical and medical device companies. This report breaks down by categories the $3.5 billion that these companies spent from August to December in 2013. Although much of the data is redacted or not categorized, which makes the information hard to interpret, this September 2014 report from ProPublica helps provide an initial interpretation of payment data.

Non-Profit Hospitals and CHNA

This August 2014 blog post from Community Catalyst explains how the Community Health Needs Assessment can be a powerful tool to address health inequities. To maximize the value of this ACA-required process, non-profit hospitals should include public health experts and a range of community stakeholders, adopt culturally competent measures such as making surveys available in the languages spoken in the community, and develop implementation strategies in a formal and transparent plan.

Coverage and Care After the ACA’s First Open Enrollment Period

This July 2014 Commonwealth Fund survey found that significantly fewer working-age adults were uninsured than just before the sign-up period began, and many had used their new coverage to obtain needed care. The uninsured rate for people age 19-64 declined from 20% during July to September of 2013 15% during April to June 2014. An estimated 9.5 million fewer adults were uninsured.

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