Posts tagged "Affordable Care Act"

Affordable Care Act addresses some health disparities, perpetuates others, experts say

Affordable Care Act addresses some health disparities, perpetuates others, experts say
Today uninsured Americans begin enrolling in state health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. The exchanges allow people who are buying insurance to compare different health plans and find one that is most affordable for them. In Illinois, the exchange is expected to eventually cover 1 million people who are currently uninsured, according to... Read more »

Journalists and developers combine forces, explore immigrant issues at MigraHack

Journalists and developers combine forces, explore immigrant issues at MigraHack
It was a busy weekend for some of us at The Chicago Reporter. By 9 a.m. on Saturday, we were already glued to our computers at Cibola, a tech incubator community space in Pilsen, and it was nearly 6 p.m. before we ventured out into the evening’s chill. This wasn’t for a work project–it was... Read more »

100,000 poor folks to get coverage under new health law... but when?

100,000 poor folks to get coverage under new health law... but when?
What happens if you’re poor, don’t have health insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid? In Chicago, it means you often end up using Cook County’s health system. And the county ends up paying–a whole lot. The Cook County Health and Hospital system is notorious for operating at a deficit. Last year’s was $170 million. But... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Countdown to teachers' strike; TIF revenue falls; IL partners on insurance exchange

Illinois will partner with the federal government to offer a health insurance exchange in 2014, The State Journal-Register reported Thursday. “Logistical challenges” prevented the state from creating its own exchange, which health advocates wanted. That way, a state-appointed board of directors could determine how it works. The exchange is essentially an online marketplace where consumers... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Supreme Court rules on health care; cabbies plan strike; city passes pot law; Emanuel introduces new gun ordinance

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the majority of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law Thursday. Five of the nine justices ruled that key provisions, such as the individual mandate were constitutional. But it threw out a provision that would have withheld federal funds from states that elected not to expand their Medicaid programs. Check... Read more »

What court's Affordable Care Act rulings mean for Illinois

What court's Affordable Care Act rulings mean for Illinois
More low-income people in Illinois will be able to enroll in Medicaid, and the state could create its own exchange for Illinoisans to shop for competitively priced health insurance, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold most of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. When it comes to Medicaid, the majority of... Read more »
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Could Chicago cut mental health services entirely in 2014? An unpersuasive argument

Could Chicago cut mental health services entirely in 2014? An unpersuasive argument
Wednesday, we looked at a report by Chicago’s Civic Federation that recommended, among other measures, the closing of Chicago’s mental health and primary care clinics months before the Chicago Department of Public Health announced it. Mayor Emmanuel seems to be following many of the other suggestions in the report rather closely too. Read part one... Read more »

Will Chicago follow Civic Federation recommendation and cut mental health services entirely in 2014?

Will Chicago follow Civic Federation recommendation and cut mental health services entirely in 2014?
I had never seen the Civic Federation report until last week, but there it was in black and white: a recommendation to shut down Chicago’s mental health and primary care centers, put out months before Mayor Rahm Emanuel ever suggested privatizing or shuttering clinics. It was a therapist at one of Chicago’s mental health clinics... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Health exchange in limbo; subsidized child care at risk; Obama supports gay marriage; TIF reform?

The Illinois General Assembly is not expected to make any moves to create a state-run health care exchange, Crain’s reported on Thursday. Sources on both sides of the aisle in the statehouse said the inactivity is due to the pending Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care law.... Read more »
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Election season means legislative limbo, but do minimum wage and healthcare laws stand a chance?

Election season means legislative limbo, but do minimum wage and healthcare laws stand a chance?
When it comes to the Illinois General Assembly, everybody’s number is up this year, which means some key legislation is likely to be stymied by the politics of November’s general election. Nonetheless, there’s still some optimism, particularly among proponents of minimum wage and healthcare reforms, that a handful of bills just might gain some momentum... Read more »