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Friday, June 29, 2012

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ACA Wins the Battle: Health Reform to continue...

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its historicrulingon the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Experts are still analyzing the situation(and it’s not prudent to jump to conclusions as CNN did), but we think this ruling means that the nation will move forward in implementing the changes intended to ensure affordable health care coverage and important consumer protections to all Americans. Many aspects of the law are already in place and many are yet to come in 2014. AtIllinois Health Matters, we will continue to bring you up-to-date information on how our state is implementing the law. Stay tuned and feel free to write us with any of your

June Blog Entries

The creation of an Illinois Health Insurance Exchange: Governor Quinn’s action is essential
How Quinn can save the day on health care

The Day of the Decision, 5 PM (rain or shine) at the Daley Plaza, Chicago
Emergency Speak Out: Rally in Response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Health Care Decision

Recent Illinois polls on health reform
Small Business Health Care Consortium Touts Importance of ACA to Illinois Firms

The effects of Medicaid cuts in Illinois and our efforts to help provide further coverage options
The State Budget Aftermath - What's Next?

Electronic health records, health info exchange, oh my!
Illinois Health Information Exchange: Legal and Policy Issues

SCOTUS 5-4 decision to uphold the constitutionality of the ACA
Health Reform Upheld: A Summary of the Supreme Court's Decision

June Resources

An easy to follow flow chart guiding one through the requirement of attaining health insurance in 2014
The Requirement to Buy Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act Beginning in 2014

Taking action as Quinn states IL’s steps in following through with Medicaid expansion
Quinn says Illinois can now go forward with health care plans

Families USA report on consequences the uninsured face, state by state
Dying for Coverage: The Deadly Consequences of Being Uninsured

Uninsured 55-64year olds, too young for Medicare, but still need options: how the ACA will help
Cost and Access Challenges: A Comparison of Experiences Between Uninsured and Privately Insured Adults Aged 55 to 64 with Seniors on Medicare

The Make Medicare Work Coalition webinar on elimination of Illinois Cares Rx program. You can go herefor the Notice of Termination from HFS and visit
Age Options website for a recording and slides from the webinar.

IDHFS describe changes and savings withSenateBill2840
Medicaid Budget Actions Associated with Senate Bill 2840

Small business majority agrees with SCOTUS majority on the ACA
Illinois Small Business Owners’ Views on Implementing the Affordable Care Act

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