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January 2016

Chicago in 20-City Enrollment Race

The end of Open Enrollment period No. 3 is now less than 20 days away – and, for Chicago, ACA outreach bragging rights are on the line.

Chicago was designated a priority enrollment city by the White House, and it is one of 20 cities nationwide challenged to take part in the Healthy Communities Challenge. The cities – selected because of their large number or high percentage of eligible uninsured – are vying to enroll the largest number of people in Marketplace plans.

So how's our contestant doing, compared with places like Atlanta, Dallas and Houston? As of January 9, Chicago had enrolled 278,687, which currently puts it in 6th place. The city accounted for 80% of the 348,932 enrolled in Illinois since November 1.

In creating the challenge, President Obama noted that enrollment would be harder than in the first two rounds. “We’re not going to have the same amount of national media attention we had in the past, so we’ve got to be a little more creative," he said. You can follow the Healthy Communities Challenge via the #20Cities20Days hashtag on Twitter.

Time is short! Friends and advocates, spread word by sharing these flyers and social media graphics from IHM. Let's all pitch in with a big outreach push andhelp Chicago sprint to the head of the pack and win the prize: a visit from our famous honorary Chicagoan, Barack Obama.

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Engaging Uninsured Cynics of the the ACAOn a blistering cold Chicago night in November 2013, I met with Lorena, a 25 year old uninsured Mexican-American bartender whose income fell below $18,000.

Lorena belonged to a group that health policy experts refer to as “newly-eligibles,” single able-bodied adults without children living in poverty who now qualify for Medicaid thanks to the ACA. Lorena could have enrolled herself with relative ease. In her home neighborhood of Pilsen, health navigators, insurance brokers, and nonprofit organizations were at soup kitchens, schools, taxi stands, and social service organizations spreading word and enrolling thousands.

Our conversation, however, revealed something surprising.

In case you missed it

Nearly 60,000 people receiving financial assistanceto purchase health insurance through the Marketplace will lose this helpfor failingto file their taxes in 2015. The number of people impacted was originally much larger; the Treasury Department announced that it would not penalize some 976,000 households who failed to submit a new documentalong with their tax returns.

A new Spanish language website tries to spread awareness among Latinos about kidney donations. The site, developed by Northwestern University, provides information in a culturally competent manner – through telenovelas.

Recent resources

This fact sheet from the Shriver Center provides guidance to Enrollment Assisters looking to connect their clients with SNAP.
Food is Medicine

This toolkit from Enroll America helps hospitals and medical providers have conversations with patients about their health coverage options.
The Front Lines of ACA Outreach

This blog post from the CEO lays out what consumers should expect in the second tax-filing season under the ACA.
Getting Ready for Tax Day

This FAQ from the Illinois Department of Human Services details general enrollment and access to care procedures for consumers and providers in Medicaid managed care
ACE's, B's and CCE's

This guide from Raising Women's Voices is for newly insured women who have questions about how to use their health coverage.
My Health My Voice

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