Your Source for Health Reform

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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What You Need to Get Covered

This fact sheet from BeCovered, identifies what documentation and information people will need when signing up for health insurance through the Marketplace. The fact sheet is updated for the 2015-2016 enrollment cycle. The information is in English and Spanish.

Get Help Getting Health Insurance

This September 2015 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates describes the trained professionals that consumers can use to connect with coverage.

ACA 2.0

This August 2015 report from the Urban Institute outlines policy changes to improve implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Improving affordability and increasing the number of people with health insurance are discussed.

The State of Health Coverage, 2014

This September 2015 report from the US Census Bureau gives an update on the number of people who gained health insurance in 2014.  The report found that nine million people gained coverage in 2014.

The Role of Public Health in Chicago’s Mental Health System

This August 2015 report from Health & Disability Advocates details the Chicago Department of Public Health’s work in supporting behavioral health. The report gives recommendations for improving mental health delivery.

Now that You’re Covered

This July 2015 fact sheet from the Small Business Health Collaborative outlines tips for the newly insured so that they can get the most out of their health insurance plans. Community organizations and brokers can share with consumers who are new to health insurance coverage.

Take Advantage of Preventive Services

This July 2015 fact sheet from the Small Business Health Collaborative details the preventative services that all marketplace health insurance plans are required to offer. Community organizations and brokers can share with the newly insured.

Health Insurance Vocab

This July 2015 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates defines important health insurance terms. Community organizations and brokers can share with the newly insured.

Eligibility Mistakes for Tax Dependents

Healthcare.gov has been incorrectly counting Social Security income received by children and other tax dependents when calculating household income. The mistake can push a person’s income over the Medicaid or CHIP eligibility threshold. This February 2015 alert for assistors and advocates explains the error and outlines steps to appeal incorrect eligibility decisions.

The Face of the Newly Insured

This March 2015 issue brief from the Department of Health & Human Services details the 16.4 million people who gained health insurance coverage by race and ethnicity, household income and age. The brief compares the uninsured rate between states that expanded Medicaid and those opting out.  

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