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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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The ACA in Illinois, 2012 – Infographic

This March 2012 infographic by Crain’s Chicago Business took a look at how Illinois was faring under the landmark law.

IHM on ACA at the Public Interest Law Symposium

This March 2012 IHM presentation to the Public Interest Law Symposium covered the basic impact of the law, as well as the efforts of IHM and other policy advocates around health care reform in Illinois.

The Case for the Individual Mandate in Health Reform

In this February 2012 study, the Center for American Progress examines “why the individual mandate is an essential pillar of comprehensive health care reform.” It notes that in states that tried market reforms without a mandate, premiums increased and enrollment declined, while in Massachusetts reform that included a mandate resulted in near universal coverage. (more…)

The Income Divide in Health Care

This February 2012 collection of charts illustrates the lack of insurance rates for low- and moderate-income adults, and how the Affordable Care Act will help restore fairness to the health system. The data is based on results of the Commonwealth Fund Health Insurance Tracking Survey.

White House 2012 Progress Report: States Are Implementing Health Reform

This January 2012 report summarizes the actions taken by states to establish exchanges and focuses on examples of the legislation and executive actions, public meetings, and other activities undertaken by states across the country to create these new health insurance marketplaces.

2011 Report on Illinois Poverty

The economic crisis has pushed poverty to its highest point in decades, states this report from Social IMPACT Research Center at Heartland Alliance. Nearly 1 in 3 Illinoisans are now considered poor or low income, an astounding statistic.

Review of the Health Care Climate in Illinois

This September 2011 review was carried out by Deloitte Consulting as background research to support the state of Illinois in the development of its health insurance exchange. (more…)

The Basic Health Option: Will It Work for Low-Income Consumers in Your State?

This July 2011 Families USA fact sheet describes the option the ACA provides to states that could help them create a more seamless experience for families. The Basic Health option allows states to create a separate program for people who are not eligible for Medicaid and who earn up to 200% of poverty. (more…)

A Profile of Health Insurance Exchange Enrollees

This March 2011 fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation Fact Sheet uses the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to simulate a demographic, health status, and health utilization profile of the individuals across the nation expected to obtain health insurance coverage through the Exchanges by 2019.

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…)

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