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Topic: Uninsured

Health reform targets people who do not have insurance. In 2013, there were about 1.8 million people in Illinois without health insurance.

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Creative ACA Outreach

This January 2016 blog post from Families USA gives strategies for enrolling the remaining uninsured, a group that is often hard to reach and unaware of available financial assistance.

Engaging African Americans

In this January 2016 blog post for the Social Security Administration, a Minister details proven outreach and enrollment strategies with the Black community— a group which is still more likely to be uninsured.

Exceptions to the Individual Mandate

This grid from Families USA lists out  exemptions to the requirement of having health insurance and how people can apply for them. The grid was updated in October 2015 and applies to the 2016 tax-filing season.

Getting Ready for Tax Day

This January 2016 blog post from the CEO lays out what consumers should expect in the second tax-filing season under the ACA. The post details processes for consumers with Marketplace insurance; consumers with Medicaid, Medicare or employer-sponsored insurance; and for those without coverage.

The Front Lines of ACA Outreach

This December 2015 toolkit from Enroll America helps hospitals and medical providers have conversations with patients about their health coverage options.

Mind the Health Gaps

This November 2015 report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores disparities in quality of life in Illinois. The report finds that 5,800 deaths could be avoided if all Illinoisans had equal opportunity to live healthy lives.

Young, Invincible…and Insured!

This November 2015 article from Kaiser Health News reviews five things that the uninsured ages 18-31 should consider when getting health coverage in Open Enrollment number three. The article addresses common reasons that a young adult would not buy health insurance.

The 1.1 Million Uninsured Illinoisans

This October 2015 issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation gives state-by-state totals on the number of uninsured. The brief also identifies whether the uninsured would qualify for Medicaid or financial assistance through the Marketplace.

Get Covered, No Excuses

This October 2015 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates lists the health insurance options for young adults 30 years-old and under.

Bronze, Silver or Gold?

This fact sheet from Families USA, updated for the 2015-2016 period, explains the metal levels that are used to organize Marketplace health insurance plans.

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