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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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Illinois Budget Woes

In May, the challenge to grapple with over $2.7 billion in proposed Medicaid cuts continued on. Advocates and other stakeholder groups weighed in on the damage that these cuts could cause, while also proposing other revenue-generating alternatives. In preparation for the impending Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, some advocates released data to shore up the ACA’s positive impact, while others stressed the country’s dire need to modernize its health care system.

May Blog Entries

One out of 10 veterans in Illinois do not have health insurance; the ACA and local programs can help:
On This Memorial Day, Don't Forget Uninsured Veterans

City, County and State – everyone in Illinois got involved in the Medicaid fight.
Safety Net Hospitals Spared, But Not Much Else in Medicaid Bills

IL Cares Rx on Gov. Quinn’s chopping block; erroneously thinking it will be replaced by the ACA in 2014:
The Affordable Care Act will not replace Illinois Cares Rx

One proposed alternative to Medicaid cuts, a $1 Cigarette Tax, would raise state revenue and promote wellness:
New Study Shows that Higher Tobacco Taxes Greatly Reduce Youth Smoking

A new study from FamiliesUSA states that over 69% of IL small businesses could get tax credits under the ACA:
A Helping Hand for Small Businesses: The Small Business Tax Credit

For Preventative Health to help children, it needs to happen where kids spend most of their days: Schools
Schools: The missing link in Promoting Healthy Children

HHS left it up to each state to define “Essential Health Benefits” -- Illinois has made seemingly little progress:
Essential Health Benefits in Illinois: What’s Next?

May Resources

The Chicago City Council weighs in on Illinois’ potential Medicaid cuts:
Chicago City Council, Committee on Health and Environmental Protection Resolution About Illinois’ Medicaid Cuts

A FAQ on the how the proposed “1115 Waiver” could expand health insurance to Cook County residents this year:
Cook County Waiver - Questions & Answers
How will the Affordable Care Act Impact Non-Citizens – including legally present immigrants?
Starting Strong for Community Health! The Affordable Care Act and Non-Citizens
Straight-forward facts on how Medicaid affects budget deficits, and why:
Five Key Questions about Medicaid and its role in State/Federal Budgets and Health Reform

The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates how much money insurance companies will need to refund this year:
Insurer Rebates under the Medical Loss Ratio: 2012 Estimates

Trends show that working Americans have grown less likely to receive insurance from their employers:
Employment-Based Health Benefits: Trends in Access and Coverage, 1997-2010

Health Affairs’ simulated study on the impact of full implementation of provisions of the ACA:
Individual Insurance Benefits Available Under Health Reform Would Have Cut Out-of-Pocket Spending in 2001-08

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