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Saturday, May 11, 2013

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We are bringing you a mid-month newsletter, due to a flurry of activity recently as state and local organizations gear up for Affordable Care Act outreach, education and enrollment.

In-Person Counselor Grant Opportunity

The state recently announced over $28 million in funding for its In-Person Counselor (IPC) grant program. IPCs will educate people about the new Health Insurance Marketplace, help them understand their health plan choices, and facilitate their selection of a heath plan that is right for them.

Entities in Illinois can apply for these funds and hire new personnel or use existing staff as IPCs. Applications are due May 30th, and optional letters of intent are due May 13th. Find more information and access to the application here. Our blog post has some addition information about the IPC and how it relates to the federal Navigator program.

Visualizing Health Reform in Illinois

For the second consecutive year, Health & Disability Advocates (HDA) has released its Visualizing Health Care Reform tool, a unique, interactive map that allows users to see a geographic and demographic breakdown of uninsured state residents who will be eligible for healthcare coverage when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented beginning in 2014.

The visualization uses 2010-11 Census Data and is an especially practical tool for groups who are planning how they will meet the demand for information and for assistance to connect individuals with the new health care options. The latest release of the tool allows users to pinpoint community areas and obtain a breakdown of those who will become eligible for coverage and subsidies based on geographic and demographic categories including race, gender, age, income, veteran status and disabilities. It also provides information about undocumented non-citizens who do not have a new path to coverage.

Check out the AP story and press release about the tool.

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