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Thursday, February 28, 2013

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SB26 Passes IL Senate

Breaking news! After weeks of advocacy, SB 26 – Medicaid Financing for the Uninsured - passed the IL Senate today. SB 26 is only halfway there, however. Now, the bill moves on to the House of Representatives. We hope that Illinois will soon join the 25 states plus the District of Columbia that have approved the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion. Stay tuned for updates & read our blog here about why this expansion is vital to the State of Illinois and its residents.

February Blog Entries

Illinois Cares? The Consequences of Cutting the IL Cares Rx Program:
The Negative Impact of SMART Act Cuts

Alert: Enrollment for the State Pre-Existing Condition Plan Ends Soon:
IPXP to Stop Accepting Applications on March 2nd

Defining ‘Affordable’ for Health Plans:
IRS issues Guidance on Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit—Clarification

Kathleen Sebelius in the Windy City:
The HHS Secretary Visits Chicago

What Does the ACA Have in Common with the Wizard of Oz?
Navigators, Assisters and Counselors, Oh My!

The ACA Helps You Follow Your Dreams:
Why Obamacare Will Ignite your Start-Up Life

February Resources

The ACA Provides One of the Largest Health Benefit Expansions in a Generation:
ASPE Research Brief: ACA will expand Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder Benefits

Need-to-Know Info for Business Owners:
Info for Small Businesses: The Facts on the New Health Law

How the ACA will Come To Be:
FAQs About Affordable Care Act Implementation

Defining Full-Time Status Under the ACA:
Pay or Play Penalty—Identifying Full-Time Employees

A New Angle on Medicaid Expansion:
The Economic Benefits of SB26—Illinois Medicaid Expansion Bill

Upcoming Health Care Reform Events

March 5: Dept. of Insurance Board Meeting to discuss the Future of CHIP
March 6: Illinois Telepsychiatry Symposium
March 7: The Health Care Law 101 Webinar
March 8-10: Sound the Alarm for Health Care Justice!
March 13: Health, Education and Immigration Webinar
March 13: Beyond the Expansion Decision: Tackling the other Medicaid Changes in the ACA Webinar
March 26: Preparing for October 2013 and Beyond: Best Practices for Outreach & Enrollment

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