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Let the Games Begin!

Key contracts to initiate the "air game" and the "ground game" in health reform implementation in Illinois were signed in July.

The "air game" is the massive public relations effort that the state will be embarking on this Summer to inform the public about the new health insurance marketplace. A contract was awarded to PR firm, Fleishman Hillard, to run that campaign.

The "ground game" consists literally of hundreds of In Person Assisters, employed by 44 agencies across the state, who will help people enroll into new public and private health insurance options, beginning on October 1. Contracts with those agencies are being finalized while training for some assisters has already begun.

Also, let's not forget - the Medicaid Expansion bill (SB26) was signed into law by Governor Quinn last week. Now all of those Assisters can begin educating their community members -- including the lowest income residents -- about new affordable health insurance options.

Check out the new Kaiser Family Foundation cartoon video on our homepage describing how all of this fits together. And let the games begin!

July Blog Entries

Hundreds of thousands of Illinois residents are one step closer to coverage
Governor Quinn Enacts Largest Increase in Health Care Coverage in State History

Don't let insurers take ACA benefits away
Consumers Need Protection from Health Insurance Company Plan Year Manipulation

Moving uninsured Asians from eligible to enrolled
Special Report: Impact of ACA on Uninsured Asians in Illinois

Did you hear? The Employer Mandate was delayed a year
Effect of Delaying Employer Penalties under the ACA

The ACA will help Illinois revamp its Long Term Services & Supports System
Illinois to Be Awarded Over $90 Million in Medicaid Funds for Home- and Community-Based Care

New Medicaid program ushers in coordinated care
Accountable Care Entities (ACEs): A New Coordinated Care Model in Illinois

Updated timeline for what's happening before October 1
Great News for the People of Illinois...Now What?

July Resources

Want to help people enroll into new health insurance options?
How to Become a Certified Application Counselor Organization

CMS explains the difference between Navigators, Assisters and Brokers
Helping Consumers Apply and Enroll Through the Marketplace

Center on Budget & Policy Priorities explains the Premium Tax Credit
Premium Tax Credits: Beyond the Basics

Cultural competence is mandatory for enrollment assisters: here are some tips
LGBT Cultural Competency Training for IPAs/Navigators

Resumen de la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio (The Affordable Care Act) en Espaņol
Health Care Reform Presentation in Spanish

Summary of what satisfies the "Individual Mandate"
Congressional Research Service: Individual Mandate & Related Requirements under ACA

Upcoming Health Care Reform Events (partial list)

Aug 1 & 7: Health Insurance 101 for Certified Application Counselors
Aug 3: Community Forum: What does the ACA mean for you and your communities? - Round Lake
Aug 8: Webinar: Healthcare 101 - With SBA and Small Business Majority
Aug 13: Town Hall Conversation: Health Care Reform for Service Providers & Advocates (Chicago)
Aug 21: Town Hall Conversation: Health Care Reform for Service Providers & Advocates (Peoria)
Aug 22: The Affordable Care Act: An Overview and Preparing for Enrollment
Aug 28: Illinois Health Reform Outreach Coalition Meeting

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