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Topic: Special Populations



Special populations such as immigrants, the uninsured, the unbanked, and people with low English skills require special outreach efforts to connect them with the benefits the ACA is intended to provide. Some groups, such as refugees and Pacific Islanders, have special provisions for them in the law. And certain demographic groups, such as the young people and healthy people, are important to the the program’s success. The ACA also particularly impacts the LGBTQ community, populations affected by chronic disease, and people impacted by circumstances like domestic violence.


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Put Insurance on Your Back to School Shopping List

This blog post from marketplace.gov explains the health insurance options for college students.

Cutting Services, Eliminating Independence

This August 2015 report from Health & Disability Advocates communicates the consequences of changing the minimum eligibility threshold for the Determination of Need screen. The report highlights the personal stories of people who would be directly impacted.

Medicaid Coordinate Care: Who to Call and What to Know

This July 2015 toolkit from the Make Medicare Work Coalition is intended for health providers and benefits counselors to assist consumers in using and navigating health insurance options under Medicaid Coordinated Care.

Ombudsman Contact Information 

The Home and Community Ombudsman program is a free service for enrollees in the Medicare Medicaid Alignment Initiative. Ombudsman advocate for enrollee rights and solve problems with their services. This 2015 information sheet tells who to call for Ombudsman services.

What Happens After Enrolling in Medicaid Coordinated Care?

This May 2015 timeline from Health & Disability Advocates and the Make Medicare Work Coalition outlines what  enrollees should expect from their managed care plans.

ACA’s Consequences for People with Disabilities

This February 2015 issue brief from Health & Disability Advocates explains how people with disabilities can experience gaps in coverage because of new application and eligibility requirements.

Linking Justice-Involved Youth with Healthcare

This January 2014 resource guide from Illinois state government describes strategies for connecting young adults in the criminal justice system with health insurance coverage.

Medicaid Applications and SSI Recipients

If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income and are applying to Medicaid, this fact sheet from The Arc of Illinois helps to break down the application process. It covers the ways you can apply for Medicaid after you have been approved for SSI, and includes links to other resources to make the process easier.

Guardianship: Basic Info

This fact sheet from The Arc of Illinois explains what guardianship is, what is required for guardianship, and how guardianship can be changed, with a focus on children with special needs. It also offers resources for Illinois-specific guardianship.

Churn and Children with Special Health Needs

This August 2014 fact sheet from the Family to Family Health Information Center explains how the ACA may help stabilize health coverage for families who move between health plan to health plan based on changes in eligibility for public or employment-based insurance – also known as “churn” – in health care. (more…)

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