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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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ACA Turns 3

Three years ago, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. Although a recent poll shows that the public is still confused about it, implementation efforts in Illinois abound. The Medicaid Expansion bill, SB 26, passed out of the Illinois Senate in February and is scheduled to be heard in the House in the coming weeks (Pssst, it's a good time to visit your state legislator with this fact sheet). Also, it’s rumored that the Federal Navigator grant proposals will be out soon, and the Illinois Department of Insurance will issue an RFP for In-Person Assistors by May 1st. Stay tuned next month for an updated Visualizing Health Reform map with new data and more details on how health reform impacts your community!

March Blog Posts

At year 3, how the ACA moves us from a 'sick care' system to a health care system.
And Many Happy Returns: The Affordable Care Act Turns Three

Illinois will run a Partnership Exchange in 2014 – but might go it alone in 2015
Sign On in Support of SB 34 - A State Run Exchange in Illinois

CBOs best equipped to reach uninsured – don’t restrict them
Don't Restrict the Navigators!

Want to be a Navigator? Sign up at
Finding the Pot of Gold at the End of the Navigator Rainbow!

March Resources

Early impacts of the ACA
The Affordable Care Act: Three Years Post-Enactment

Navigator 101
Navigator Informational Flyer from Families USA

How will health reform impact your taxes this year? Read on to find out
Tax Time Questions and Answers about Health Insurance Coverage that Starts in 2014

Tools to ensure the marketplace/exchange is accessible to all
Language Access Checklist For Marketplace Implementation

What does the employer mandate mean for you?
Healthcare Reform Presentation: Deep Dive Into Employer Rules and Penalties

Have health insurance, will travel
Fact Sheet on Health Insurance Market Reforms: Portability

Upcoming Events

March 26 - Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar: Preparing for October 2013 and Beyond: Best Practices for Outreach & Enrollment
March 26 - Illinois Health Care Reform Implementation Council Meeting
March 27 - Your Bottom Line: What Healthcare Reform Means For Illinois Small Businesses Webinar
April 5 - Military Sexual Trauma Workshop for Mental Health Professionals
April 16 - GCG Webinar Series: Focus on small employers; their potential options and small business tax credit.
April 18 - Community Health Worker (CHW) Alliance Meeting
April 23 - Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar: Land of Lincoln Health CO-OP
April 30 - CMS Call with Illinois Stakeholders in the Federal/State Partnership Exchange

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