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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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Coverage and Care After the ACA’s First Open Enrollment Period

This July 2014 Commonwealth Fund survey found that significantly fewer working-age adults were uninsured than just before the sign-up period began, and many had used their new coverage to obtain needed care. The uninsured rate for people age 19-64 declined from 20% during July to September of 2013 15% during April to June 2014. An estimated 9.5 million fewer adults were uninsured.

ACA and Rural Areas

About 50 million people, or 16% of the U.S. population, live in rural areas. The rural population is poorer and less likely to be covered by employer-based insurance than the metropolitan population, and nearly two-thirds of uninsured people in rural areas live in a state that is not currently implementing the Medicaid expansion. This May 2014 brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation includes multiple charts highlighting this data.

Effect of the ACA: fewer Uninsured Adults

In March 2014 the national uninsurance rate for nonelderly adults was 15.2%, a drop of 2.7 percentage points since September 2013, the month before ACA open enrollment began. This represents a gain in coverage for about 5.4 million adults. The data is from the Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey.

Map: Chicago Uninsured Population and Enrollment Assisters

This map combines data collected and generated by Enroll America with HHS assister data to show high-density uninsured communities and nearby local assistance resources.

A Culture of Coverage for Justice-Involved Adults in Illinois

A resource guide for implementing the ACA for criminal justice personnel in Illinois from the Illinois Healthcare Implementation Council. It outlines when and how to best link justice involved individuals with the services they need, and provides resources and materials about enrolling justice-involved adults in health benefits.

ACA Training for Organizations Serving Immigrant Communities

This training workshop for community based organizations serving immigrant communities was presented by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, EverThrive Illinois, Asian Health Coalition and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights. (more…)

Health Care Access and Coverage for the LGBT Community

This February 2014 brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines what is known about LGBT health status, coverage, and access, and looks at recent changes within the legal and policy landscape which serve to increase access including the Affordable Care Act and Supreme Court’s DOMA decision. Both have the potential to dramatically reduce the rate of uninsured and make the health system more equitable in LGBT communities, although questions remain.

Eligible Uninsured Latinos

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

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.

Illinois Uninsured Profile under ACA

This January 2014 fact sheet from the 2014 Kaiser Family Foundation shows that about two-thirds of uninsured nonelderly people in the state are eligible for financial assistance through either Medicaid or the Marketplace.

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