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Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Happy Birthday IHM!

Two years ago today, we launched Illinois Health Matters in order to bring you reliable information on health care reform in Illinois. It’s been a busy two years, but we aren’t about to slow down now. In the next month, check back in with IHM for coverage on the IL legislature’s vote on SB26—the Medicaid expansion bill for the state, as well as the changes underway for IL’s current Medicaid program. Also, information should be out soon about Illinois’s Navigator and In Person Assistor programs for the Exchange. And don’t forget – CountyCare is open for enrollment!

January blog posts

The benefits bar has been set:
Illinois Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Plan

New law may revoke Medicaid coverage:
Illinois Medicaid Redetermination: What is it and What to tell your Clients

A peek at the future of the IL exchange:
What is the Illinois Partnership Health Insurance Marketplace?

Out with the old, in with the new:
A New Year and New Medicaid await us

January Resources

In case you missed it:
Webinar: Starting Strong for Community Health on the ACA & Medicaid

For policy wonks, the full report:
Illinois Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Plan

Essential info for Medicaid Enrollees:
Illinois Medicaid Redetermination Program

The IHM data team breaks down the numbers:
Illinois residents eligible for subsidies in the Health Insurance Marketplace, by Senate and House districts.
Illinois residents eligible for the Medicaid expansion, by Senate and House districts.

Pushing for greater health in IL:
Support SB26: a Medicaid Opportunity for Illinois

Upcoming Health Care Reform Events

Feb. 8: Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center Town Hall Meeting
Feb. 12: Policy, Advocacy and You: The Changing Landscape of Disability and Aging Services
Feb 19: Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar: The ACA and Mental/Behavioral Health
Feb 26: Military Sexual Trauma Workshop for Medical Health Professionals
Feb 27: Legislative Briefing on Care Coordination & the HFS Care Coordination Innovations Project
Mar. 8-10: Sound The Alarm!

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