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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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Eligible Uninsured Latinos

This February 2014 ASPE research brief from HHS details demographics, Medicaid eligibility, and financial assistance eligibility of eligible uninsured Latinos.

Comparing Summary of Benefits and Coverage for People with Disabilities 

This Q&A  from the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative is intended to help Navigators answer questions that people with disabilities might ask about benefits and coverage available through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Black Population Health Coverage

This July 2013 fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation explains implications of the Affordable Care Act for Blacks as they face health and health care disparities.

Connecting the Unbanked to Coverage

This webinar, part of the Starting Strong for Community Health! series, provides an understanding of why people are unbanked and the unique challenges they face, payment methods available for people paying premiums on insurance from the Illinois health insurance marketplace, and resources to help individuals become banked. (more…)

Illinois Charity Care Laws for Urban Hospitals

It’s the law: If you are an uninsured patient, you have the right to apply for free or discounted services – and hospitals are required to provide you with a hospital financial assistance application. This fact sheet from ONE Northside provides the details on who is eligible and how to apply.

Uninsured Asians in Illinois: Moving From Eligible to Enrolled

This August 2013 issue brief from the Asian Health Coalition and Health & Disability Advocates predicted that 75,000 currently uninsured Asians in Illinois would be eligible for coverage in 2014 through the Medicaid expansion and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

LGBT Cultural Competency for Assisters and Navigators

These recommendations were developed in July 2013 for assister/navigator personnel who would be engaging directly with uninsured New Yorkers, including LGBT people. (more…)

Post DOMA Impact on Medicaid

This fact sheet describes the changes to the program flowing from the Supreme Court’s historic ruling. It explains the changes starting in 2014 if your state recognizes your marriage; if you are in a civil union or registered domestic partnership and your state recognizes your relationship; and if you live in a state that doesn’t recognize your relationship. (more…)

CountyCare: A Historic Opportunity to Improve Care for People with HIV

This report by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago outlines the importance of CountyCare and the role it can play in improving access to health services for people with HIV. It also contains a number of policy recommendations for the city and state departments of public health, Cook County, and the federal government. The full title is “CountyCare & the Ryan White Program: Working Together to Optimize Health Outcomes for People with HIV.”

Five Key Facts: Veterans and Medicaid Expansion

Not all veterans have access to health care via the VA, and uninsured veterans have a disproportionate amount and complexity of medical needs. This March 2013 fact sheet from the National Health Law Program describes how Medicaid expansion can improve veterans’ access to care.

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