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Friday, August 31, 2012

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We interrupt your monthly Illinois Health Matters update for an important SAVE THE DATE:

REEL HEALTH: "Escape Fire" Movie Premiere and Q&A

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 Time: TBA
AMC Loews 600 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL


Join us for an advance viewing and thought provoking discussion on the future of healthcare, featuring Sundance Film Selection movie "Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare." The movie follows dramatic human stories as well as leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the US military.

REEL HEALTH also commemorates the 20th anniversary of Health & Disability Advocates. Mark your calendar and we’ll send you advance ticket information soon!

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Won’t be in Chicago? We’ll film our panel discussion and share.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled newsletter…

What’s the big deal about Aug 1?

The first of this month brought huge changes for over 2.1 million women in Illinois. As of August 1, 2012, the Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover eight women’s preventive health services with NO cost sharing. These services include well woman visits, birth control, breastfeeding support, and screening/counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence. While women are more likely to need preventive health care services, they often have less ability to pay – so being able to receive these services at no cost is a big deal for women’s health. See resources below for more information!

August blog entries

Sign up now! Campaign for Better Health Care is Sponsoring Training for Community Leaders
Health Care Reform Leadership Training for Faith Community and Communities of Color

1 in 4 people in Illinois have pre-existing conditions – find out how the ACA can help
Who Has Pre-existing Conditions in Illinois?

Top health reform resources

National Women's Law Center on new women’s preventive health services policies as of Aug 1
Coverage of the Women’s Preventive Health Services: Calling Your Health Insurance Plan

Summary of new federal rules about insurance coverage for women exposed to violence and abuse
Interpersonal and Domestic Violence Screening and Counseling Under the ACA

What’s in an Exchange? Here’s the “blueprint” on what to expect from Illinois’ State/Federal Partnership
Final Blueprint for Approval of Affordable State- based and State Partnership Insurance Exchanges

With July’s Medicaid cuts comes new cost-sharing for Medicaid enrollees
Participant Cost-Sharing for Medicaid, All Kids and Illinois Healthy Women - August 2012

Gov. Quinn says Illinois will expand Medicaid in 2014. Who will be covered?
Opting in to the Medicaid Expansion under the ACA: Who Are the Uninsured Adults Who Could Gain Health Insurance Coverage?

Upcoming Health Care Reform Events

Effective Advocacy for Women's Health and the Affordable Care Act – Champaign, Belleville and Highland Park
Sept. 5th, 13th and 19th.
There are three in-person trainings in September for women who want to learn more about what’s in the law for women and families and how to most effectively advocate for the law.Link

Regional Stakeholder Engagement Teleconference with CMS On Health Insurance Marketplace
September 6, 2012 12:00 PM
John Hammarlund, CMS Regional Administrator, and Kenneth Munson, HHS Regional Director, invite partners and stakeholders to a regional teleconference with CMS staff to: Update you on the latest information regarding implementation of the Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchanges). Start discussing strategies to educate the uninsured, under-insured and small businesses about expanded insurance coverage options. Registration required.Link

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar: Medicaid Reform in Illinois: Moving Backward Before We Go Forward
September 12, 2012 2:00 PM
Fifth in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide information about Illinois Medicaid reforms, and effects of further implementation. Illinois legislators approved legislation that made drastic cuts to Medicaid programs and services, with many of these changes effective July 1, 2012. Link

And, Save the Date – Oct. 5 – for our special film screening event in Chicago.

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