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Affordable Care Act update from the BYNC ACA outreach coordinator

1. With less than 1 month left before ACA open enrollment closes, what should consumers know? Consumers need to know March 31st is the last day to select a plan from the Marketplace. The Affordable Care Act/Obamacare provides a new tax credit to help consumers afford health coverage purchased through the Marketplace. According to the […]

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Eight in 10 uninsured Latinos may qualify for Medicaid

  A new report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds that nearly 8 in 10 uninsured Latinos may qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or lower costs on monthly premiums through the Health Insurance Marketplace. If all states took advantage of new opportunities to expand Medicaid coverage […]

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War on Poverty 50th anniversary: Where we stand today

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson in his 1964 State of the Union Address. The War on Poverty expanded upon President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, which created many of the social programs Americans depend on for economic security. Without these programs, the American quality-of-life […]

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Understanding the basics of the Affordable Care Act

Sweeping changes are coming to the health insurance system by 2014. Under the new Affordable Care Act (ACA), Americans will be able to choose one of four paths. Some will be continuing their health insurance coverage through their employer. Others will be able to get health insurance through the government if they qualify for Medicare […]

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Cook County Offers New Medicaid Program

County Care program will expand Medicaid coverage to up 250,000 people A new initiative in Cook County is designed to help insure thousands of residents without coverage before the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion takes effect in the state. County Care, a joint Medicaid program between the federal government and Cook County, will help cover […]

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The State of Medicaid

Service providers say residents need to understand changes to Illinois Medicaid including a proposed expansion that could make more people in the state eligible for the program. Local agencies are starting to educate the public about the proposed Illinois Medicaid expansion and some of the most recent cuts to the healthcare program. Last month the […]

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Coalition of Safety-Net Hospitals Propose $1.4 Billion Savings Plan to Prevent Medicaid Cuts

In response to the proposed $2.7 billion dollar cuts to the Illinois Medicaid budget, a coalition led by seven urban safety-net hospitals are recommending a $1.4 billion savings plan to continue to provide crucial health services to their communities. According to the coalition, which includes the hospitals of Mercy, Saint Anthony and St. Bernard, the […]

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State Budget Cuts Could Affect Medicaid Patients

  Right before the start of Illinois’ new fiscal year on June 30, 2011, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state’s FY2012 budget—reducing the appropriation for Medicaid payments to hospitals by $276 million and consequently extending the payment cycle to hospitals out to 162 days. According to Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) spokesperson, Danny Chun, the cuts […]