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June 5, 2014

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Medicaid Matters

Illinois is in the midst of a major Medicaid overhaul. From efforts underway to enroll 50% of Medicaid recipients into coordinated care to Medicaid expansion enrollment under the ACA, Illinois is showing dedication to a culture of coverage and continuous improvement of the healthcare environment.

The recent good news for Medicaid: Adult dental under Medicaid is restored! Take care of those chompers.

After the hard work and dedication of advocates across the state of Illinois, dental services will be available to Medicaid members. In 2012 as part of the SMART Act, Medicaid dental services in Illinois were limited to only emergencies. That meant that many had to struggle to find dentists willing to do work for free, or had to wait until dental problems escalated to the point of emergency, when care is most costly in order to access needed care.

This restoration is a big step in showing prevention services are a priority in Illinois. Have the Medicaid changes affected you and groups you work with? Let us know about your experience. Email us at

From our blog

Supporting Chicago's Entrepreneurs: Marketplace Brings New Health Coverage Options Finding the right healthcare plan can be stressful, and with all the noise surrounding the new healthcare law, it may seem downright overwhelming. But there’s good news coming out of Illinois. The state’s new health insurance marketplace is open for business, and it’s already providing small business owners and their employees with improved options for affordable coverage. Read more...

On Cobra? New Announcement from HHS Could Save You Thousands of Dollars HHS recognized that folks currently enrolled into COBRA coverage were confused about their options. So they decided to offer COBRA enrollees a Special Enrollment Period. If you or someone you know is on COBRA, he or she can qualify for a Special Enrollment Period to shop for a plan on the Marketplaceuntil July 1 of this year. Read more...

In case you missed it

ILLINOIS ADULT MEDICAID DATA recently released by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services breaks down the ACA adult Medicaid signup up by age, gender, and race/ethnicy as well as giving totals by county. Of the state's new Medicaid beneficiaries, 40% are age 35-54 and 40% are 19-34. And data provided to the Chicago Trine by Cook County showed CountyCare painted a picture of "patients who are the chronically ill who have been out of the system and really needed care."

Recent resources

Using health insurance
From Coverage to Care: A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You

Gearing up for next enrollment
Lessons from Enroll America National Enrollment Survey

Medicaid care coordination hits home
Care Coordination Roll-Out Map

Enrollment for small business
ACA Impact of Asian American Small Business


Sign up now to learn about small business options and financial savings at the Enroll Chicago Small Business Initiative webinar. June 12 at 10:00 am.

Find enrollment events in your area at the Get Covered Illinois Events page.

Find volunteer and community engagement opportunities at Get Covered America Events page.

Download a presentation and/or watch a recording from the EverThrive Illinois Webinar series.

Learn what the ACA means for a small business owner from the Small Business Majority's Thursday talks.

From our social media

On Twitter
@ILHealthMatters: A summary of BENEFITS lets you compare costs & coverage between plans #ACA word of the week #ACAwow

On Twitter
@ILHealthMatters: There are a lot of dots on that map. Check out Illinois' innovation projects as allowed by the #ACA

On Facebook
"Specifically, in the next few months, the newly enrolled are more likely to say they will get a checkup (58% vs. 33%), pay for a prescription (32% vs. 18%), or see a specialist (23% vs. 6%)."

On LinkedIn
Posted in "Healthcare Reform and Health Insurance Exchanges": Four states have scrapped their exchanges "After its fiasco of a start, is working. No one is pushing states with successful programs, like California and New York, to switch. But there are only a few of those." GOP’s Obamacare fears come true

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