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Topic: Medicaid



Medicaid is a state-run program that provides medical coverage for low-income populations. Traditionally, families with children, pregnant women, children, seniors, and persons with disabilities have been eligible. The Affordable Care Act broadened eligibility to low-income adults without children in states that chose to implement the expansion.


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Residents Newly Eligible for Medicaid by Illinois Senate District

//PRIVATE// Tabulation by state senated district of the number of residents who will be eligible for Medicaid, and the newly eligible as a proportion of the total uninsured population in the district. Estimates were derived from the 2010-11 American Community Survey and 98th General Assembly.

Medicaid Eligibility, Enrollment Simplification, and Coordination

This December 2012 brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation summarizes the major provisions of the CMS final rule, issued March 23, 2012.

Illinois Medicaid Expansion Toolkit

This September 2012 toolkit from the State Healthcare Access Research Project explains how expanding Medicaid pursuant to the ACA presents Illinois with a tremendous opportunity to reduce state spending, improve public health, and keep healthcare providers and hospitals solvent.

Medicaid Expansion Fact Sheet: Illinois

This September 2012 fact sheet from State Healthcare Access Research Project on Medicaid expansion in Illinois under the Affordable Care Act provides an overview of issues that the state should consider in its decision-making process.

CMS Approval Letter for Cook County Early Medicaid Expansion

October 2012 letter from CMS Director Marilyn Tavenner to the Illinois Health & Family Services approving the 1115 demonstration waiver to expand Medicaid in Cook County prior to 2014.

The Homeless: Key Lessons for Medicaid Expansion

This September 2012 issue paper from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured explores issues surrounding Medicaid coverage and care for the homeless population to identify enrollment and access barriers, strategies to overcome these barriers, and considerations for the upcoming expansion.

Cost-Sharing for Medicaid, All Kids and Illinois Healthy Women

Passage of the “SMART Act” (Public Act 097-0689, the “Save Medicaid Access and Resources Together” Act) brought about changes to participant cost-sharing for Medicaid, All Kids and Illinois Healthy Women. This August 2012 information notice from HFS details the changes in co-pays and co-pay collection for participating providers.

Medicaid Expansion: Who Could Gain Coverage?

An August 2012 state-by-state analysis, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and prepared by researchers at the Urban Institute, examining the characteristics of uninsured nonelderly adults who could be newly-eligible for Medicaid, and finds that the approximately 15 million uninsured adults are a diverse group in terms of age, race, and ethnicity.

Medicaid Expansion in Illinois – A Legal Memo

This July 2012 memo from Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law concluded that the Illinois General Assembly was on record, with bi-partisan majorities, in support of adopting the steps Congress has taken to cover all low income citizens under the Medicaid program. The memo further concluded that nothing in the Supreme Court’s NFIB v. Sebelius decision is inconsistent with or undoes the commitment the state has already made.

How Medicaid Expansion Will Impact State Budgets

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities presented this brief on Medicaid expansion in July 2012, focusing on how it will impact state budgets and what role the federal government will have. The Federal government will pick up nearly all costs, even as expansion provides coverage to millions of low-income uninsured Americans.

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