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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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Illinois Immigrant Health Resources

This page of resources at the ICIRR, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, includes pamphlets on immigrant health access options, a handout for undocumented on their health options, and other information on how to help immigrants and refugees obtain health care. They are presented as part of the Immigrant Family Resource Program.

Resolving Inconsistencies in Immigration Status

The federally-facilitated marketplace has been notifying to consumers with outstanding immigration and citizenship inconsistencies that they must resolve these “data matching” issues or their coverage through the Marketplace (including APTCs and/or CSRs) would end on September 30th. This August 2014 collection of tips from the Administration to help navigate this process was assembled by In the Loop. (more…)

Dual Eligibles with Developmental Disabilities

This August 2014 fact sheet from Family Voices of Illinois gives detailed answers on the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative for dual eligibles. The fact sheet describes how a person with disabilities would qualify for SSDI and explains what is different when the dual eligible has a developmental disability.

Premium Tax Credits and Domestic Violence Survivors

This press release from the U.S. Department of the Treasury explains a legal exception for domestic violence survivors in securing premium tax credits on the health insurance marketplace. Traditionally, people who are married must file taxes jointly to receive a premium tax credit. Survivors of domestic violence may claim head of household and still receive premium tax credits.

ACA Opens Doors for Populations with HIV/AIDS and Justice-Involved

This March 2014 Health Affairs article addresses the needs of the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS and the 11.6 million who cycle through the nation’s 3,300 local and county jails every year. It notes that ome have argued the ACA renders the Ryan White Program redundant, and that 95% of those incarcerated return to the community without coverage.

Nondiscrimination for Transgender Individuals

This July 2014 bulletin from the Illinois Department of Insurance advises private insurers that many insurance plans sold in Illinois may not discriminate against transgender people and must provide them coverage for the same medical treatment available for non-transgender policy holders. The bulletin applies only to plans required to provide essential health benefits, which excludes some large employer plans issued in the state.

Lessons on Immigrant Access to the ACA

This report from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights highlights enrollment barriers that immigrants and refugees faced during the first enrollment period. Hurdles included identity and immigration status verification issues, erroneous referrals to Medicaid, case management overload, language barriers, and lack of access for mixed-status families. (more…)

Oral Health Matters for Children with Special Needs

This tip sheet highlights the importance of oral health care for children with special needs and points out why good oral health care may be more difficult to obtain for this population, including factors such as medications that may affect the child’s teeth or behaviors that may make visits to the dentist more challenging. (more…)

Taxi Driver Affordable Coverage Options

This fact sheet from the Enroll Chicago Small Business Initiative can help answer any questions taxi drivers might have about enrolling in quality health coverage through the new Illinois health insurance marketplace, Get Covered Illinois, and help them choose a plan that best fits their needs and those of their families.

DHS Services

This list at the Illinois Department of Human Services shows the health and medical services provided by DHS and other Illinois state agencies. The page has links to medical assistance programs and health care services for children, people with disabilities, immigrants, and refugees. There are also links to other sites with further information and resources.

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