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October 2015

Using Data to Target Illinois Uninsured
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The Affordable Care Act's Open Enrollment round No. threeis about to begin, and it's a "good news/bad news" state of affairs in the State of Illinois.

First the good news: President Obama has tapped Chicago as one of his five priority cities for targeted enrollment and outreach efforts. The bad news: the State, with it its ongoing budget woes, has fewer resources and is less motivated to support enrollment success than ever before.

This means that health advocates need to get smart – data smart – to target the uninsured and make sure they have a chance to obtain the coverage that the ACA has made available to them.

IHM's OE3 enrollment resources bring together tables and interactive maps on Data Matters that zero in on the big enrollment challenges in Illinois with flyers and fact sheets that organizations and advocates can use to boost their efforts. Illinois may not have all the resources, but by being smarter in our enrollment campaigns – with the help of data – Illinois communities can still be lean, mean enrolling machines!

From our blog

Chicago Needs a Plan to Sign Up Its Uninsured Health care coverage has an impact on the economic well-being of lower- and moderate-income people; therefore enrolling the uninsured should be considered a key economic strategy for Chicago and all of Illinois.

Unfortunately, this isn't the case: 63% of Illinois' working population eligible for a private path to health coverage under the Affordable Care Act is still uninsured, with large swaths residing in Chicago. Given those statistics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel needs all hands on deck – from business leaders to health insurance brokers, from community institutions like public libraries to religious leaders – to encourage people to sign up.

Open enrollment for 2016 health insurance coverage starts Nov. 1, so the city is in serious need of a plan. We propose a Commission for Healthy Chicago, similar to the mayor's effort on violence prevention, comprising city staff and community, business, faith and health care leaders to build a cross-sector strategy for outreach and enrollment. Read more...

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Congressman Gutierrez seeks to cover the undocumented, introducing a bill to extend eligibility for the ACA's health insurance marketplaces toimmigrants irrespective of status. In his speech on the House floor, the Chicago Democrat invoked the golden rule, a major theme of the Pope's message to Congress.

Recent resources

This fact sheet from Families USA, updated for the 2015-2016 period, explains the metal levels that are used to organize Marketplace health insurance plans.
Bronze, Silver or Gold?

This HDA flyer lists coverage options for health care consumers 30 years old and under.
Health Care for Young Invincibles

This HDA fact sheet describes the trained professionals that consumers can use to connect with coverage.
Get Help Getting Health Insurance

This tip sheet from In the Loop explains how survivors of domestic violence can purchase a Marketplace plan and qualify for financial assistance after leaving their abuser.
A Safety Plan that Includes Health Insurance


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.

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