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Monday, April 29, 2013

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Help Is On the Way

April brought many changes in health care reform implementation in Illinois: the Health Insurance Marketplace team released its Outreach & Education Plan, the Navigator grant application was released by the federal government and Illinois received a sizable grant from the federal government to help with consumer assistance. Now the remaining piece of the puzzle is what the In Person Assistance program will look like in Illinois. If you want to join another organization or entity to apply for the Navigator or (soon to be announced) In-Person Assister grants, check out the Matchmaking Spreadsheet mentioned here. And don't forget - Illinois still needs to pass its Medicaid Expansion bill in order to provide affordable health care to the uninsured so urge your Legislators to vote for SB 26.

April Blog Entries

Guest blogger helps debunk the myth that rates will skyrocket because of Obamacare.
The “Rate Shock” Myth

Outreach, Enrollment and Coverage - what the Marketplace Team has in store for Illinois
The “Culture of Coverage:” How Illinois is making the Health Insurance Marketplace Work

Doctor, Doctor!
Will Illinois Have Enough Family Physicians Beyond 2014?

Yay! $115 Million in federal grant dollars were awarded to IL
Great News for the People of Illinois...Now What?

Exchanges still open for business for small firms
Setting the record straight on health law’s delayed small business features

What's on the health insurance marketplace menu? We'll soon find out
One Step Closer to Knowing - DOI Issues QHP Guidance

April Resources

To address that doctor shortage...primary care payments went up on January 1!
HFS Notice On Increased Payment for Primary Care Services

957,000 Illinoisans will be eligible for premium tax credits in 2014
Help Is At Hand: New Health Insurance Tax Credits in Illinois

Illinois' guide to a new "Culture of Coverage"
Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace Outreach and Education Plan gives the basics on ACA
Affordable Care Act 101: What The Health Care Law Means for Small Businesses

Upcoming Health Care Reform Events & Webinars

April 30: Stakeholder Teleconference with HHS & CMS on the Health Insurance Marketplace in Illinois
April 30: The State of Health of the Austin Community and how the Affordable Care Act Can Help!
April 30: Get Covered America's Spring Training Webinar #4: Our Organizing Strategy
May 2: Young Invincibles Briefing Call On The Affordable Care Act & Voter Registration
May 14: ACA Briefing for Organizations and Agencies that Serve Immigrants and Refugees
May 17: ACA Overview by Campaign for Better Healthcare in Geneva, IL
May 21: Connecting Consumers to Coverage: Navigators, In Person Assistors, and Certified Application Counselors

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