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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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October Newsletter

The month started off with a fireóEscape Fire, that is. Our parent organization, Health & Disability Advocates, kicked off their 20th anniversary celebration by hosting the Chicago premiere of this powerful film about the future of health care on October 5th. The event was a huge success, as was the panel, featuring insights of David Carvalho of Cook County Health and Hospitals System and Dr. Kohar Jones of Doctors for America. See highlights in Crain’s.

Election Day is around the corner, yet momentum for the Affordable Care Act did not slow down in Illinois. Two key policy decisions were made this month:
1.Health Insurance Exchange: It’s official. Gov. Quinn announced Illinois will run an Exchange in partnership with the federal government. Enrollment begins in less than 12 months. Yikes! Advocates, insurance companies, brokers and others have started planning outreach and enrollment. What’s more, the state intends to run its own exchange by 2015.
2.Cook County Waiver: Just last Friday, the federal government approved a $100M waiver for early implementation of the Medicaid expansion under the ACA. This means health care access and a medical home for over 100,000 low income Cook County residents. Stay tuned!

October Blog Posts

There's a lot of talk about the ACA, but much of it is not true:
Obamacare Myths Debunked

A Doctor's take on the State of American Healthcare:
Healthcare by the Numbers

Do you know what the ACA will mean for your business? :
Affordable Care Act (Obamacare): Things Businesses Should Know

The Lasting Impact of Escape Fire:
Seven Things we learned from Escape Fire

A look back at HDA's first 20 years of building strong communities:
Something to Celebrate

Top health reform resources

What we know (and don’t know) about uninsured statewide:
Landscape of Uninsured & Underinsured in Illinois

Community Rankings: who’s got the most uninsured?
Number of Uninsured Residents in Illinois Communities

Smile. You’re on health reform camera:
The Affordable Care Act and Dental Coverage in Illinois

Final verdict on Illinois EHB:
Report on Final Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Recommendations for Illinois

Kaiser on Medicaid and Care for Homeless Populations:
Key Lessons to Consider for the 2014 Medicaid Expansion

So what does a “Partnership Exchange” mean for Illinois?
State Responsibilities in a Partnership Exchange

Say, is there opportunity in them thar hills?
Health & Entrepreneurship - Building Business with the Affordable Care Act

Upcoming Health Care Reform Events

November 4th - Medical Students Making Sense of Health Reform

November 6th – Election Day – Don’t forget to vote!

November 13th - Health Insurance Exchange Congress: Where States and Plans Connect

November 13th - Starting Strong for Community Health Webinar: The Affordable Care Act and Persons with Disabilities

November 13th - Moving Forward With Health Care Reform and Exchange Implementation: Where Will States Be After the Elections?

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