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Friday, April 27, 2012

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Illinois Budget Woes

April showers usually bring May flowers. But so far,$2 billionin proposedcuts to Medicaid paired with a "watched pot" waiting game on the Supreme Court's decision on the challenge to the Affordable Care Act are raining on our parade. Let's revisit the month in facts and figures, so people and policymakers can make smart choices for Illinois' future.

April Blog Entries

The Medicaid budget must be fixed, but the proposed cuts are not Illinois’ only option:
Choose Wisely, Illinois: Alternatives for Balancing the Medicaid Budget

HDA’s John Coburn talks about the harm that would be caused by one of the potential Medicaid cuts:
Whose Budget Problem is Worse than Illinos?

The ACA affects Care Providers as much as it does patients, so how do they feel about it?
Care Providers on the Affordable Care Act

Advance Care planning is a difficult, but important, part of your health care choices:
Today is National Health Care Decisions Day

Illinois is making moves to find better, smarter ways to distribute health care
Moving Forward: Current Waivers for Coordinated Care Projects in Illinois

Amanda Swanson, LL.M. in Health Law candidate, wraps up coverage on the ACA SCOTUS hearings:
Supreme Court Wrap-Up: A Law Student’s Perspective

April Resources

The U.S. GAO’s report on the impact of the ACA’s protections for those with Pre-Existing conditions:
Estimates of Individuals with Pre-Existing Conditions Range from 36 Million to 122 Million

In 2014, the ACA will provide important protections to help Americans keep health insurance:
Gaps in Health Insurance: Why so many Americans Experience Breaks in Coverage and How the ACA will Help

The ACA came with many different opportunities for states to receive federal funds:
Kaiser Family Foundation Federal ACA Funds Tracker

Who will help individuals and Small businesses find coverage through insurance exchanges? Navigators:
What are Navigators?

For some populations, health care reform could make a life-changing difference:
How Will the Affordable Care Act Impact the Chronically Homeless and other Low Income Vulnerable Populations

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