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Protect Our Care – Illinois is a statewide coalition of health care advocates, providers, consumers, and workers, joining together to prevent the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), prevent disastrous changes to Medicaid, and protect and expand access to quality affordable health care. We know the crusade to undermine the ACA is not over whether there is a repeal vote this week, next week, or next year, so Protect Our Care – Illinois invites you to join Illinoisans across the state to defend access to quality affordable health care for all.

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 ACA Consumer Advocacy  Indivisible Chicago 
Access Living  Indivisible Chicago Northwest Side 
ACLU of IL  Indivisible South Suburban Chicago 
Action Illinois IndivisibleNWIL 
AIDS Foundation of Chicago Infant Welfare Society of Chicago 
All Chicago Making Homelessness History Interdependent Living Solutions Center 
Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA Chicago) Jewish Child & Family Services 
Black Networth in Children’s Emotional Health (BNICEH) Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center 
Center on Halsted League of Women Voters of Illinois  
Champaign County Health Care Consumers Legal Council for Health Justice 
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District LIFE Center for Independent Living (LIFE CIL) 
Chicago ADAPT Little City 
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Loyola University Chicago 
Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition Memorial Behavioral Health 
Chicago Jobs Council Mercy Housing 
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force 
Chicago Women’s AIDS Project Metropolitan Family Services 
Children’s Home + Aid MFTD Waiver Families 
Citizen Action/Illinois NAMI Chicago 
Clergy for a New Drug Policy NAMI Illinois 
Communities United NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago 
Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois National Council of Jewish Women IL State Policy Advocacy Network 
Cook County Health and Hospital System North Side Action & Resistance 
Democratic Party Of Oak Park – ACA Committee Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium 
Don Moss & Associates, Inc. NWSOFA 
Eastern Illinois Foodbank Open Door Clinic of Elgin 
Easterseals Central Illinois Oral Health Forum 
Erikson Illinois Organizing for Action-Springfield 
Esperanza Health Centers Ounce of Prevention Fund 
EverThrive Illinois Patient Innovation Center 
Family Counseling Center, Inc. Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative 
Family Service and Mental Health Center of Cicero Planned Parenthood of Illinois 
Greater Chicago Food Depository Providers for Healthcare Access 
Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (GIPPCC) Rincon Family Services 
Health & Disability Advocates Rosecrance 
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group sally duros 
Healthcare Rights Coalition SEIU Healthcare Illinois  
Healthy Illinois Campaign Small Business Majority 
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights Springfield Center for Independent Living 
Housing Action Illinois The Arc of Illinois 
Human Rights Campaign The Arts of Life 
Illinois Action for Children The Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois (ACMHAI) 
Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans The Bradley Cameron Association 
Illinois Association for Behavioral Health The Josselyn Center 
Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law 
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics The Supportive Housing Providers Association 
Illinois Coalition for Health Access  Thresholds  
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights  United Way of Metropolitan Chicago  
Illinois Collaboration on Youth  Voices for Illinois Children 
Illinois LEND  We Take Action Today   
Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities (IPADDUnite) Will-Grundy CIL 
Illinois Partners for Human Service Young Invincibles 
Illinois Public Health Association YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
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POCIL Statement: We Call on the Illinois Legislature to Reject Governor Rauner’s FY19 Budget

Protect Our Care Illinois urges the legislature to soundly reject the proposed budget introduced by Governor Rauner yesterday. The Governor proposes a $150 million cut to the Medicaid program, threatening access to care for the over 3.2 million Illinoisans including children, seniors, and people with disabilities who depend on the program. Medicaid helps fund hospitals, nursing homes, early childhood programs, and special education. Medicaid is the largest insurer in the Read More…

POC-IL Statement: Nearly 12 Million People Enrolled in Health Coverage Through the Marketplace, Underscoring the Continued Importance of the ACA for Working Families

Despite relentless repeal efforts, over 11.8 million people signed up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Insurance Marketplaces for plan year 2018. This figure represents only a slight (3.7%) decline in enrollment compared to last year, which is simply remarkable considering the headwinds and obstacles faced during this year’s open enrollment. In fact, a report out Wednesday shows that states running their own marketplaces posted significant enrollment increases Read More…

Why The ACA Matters To Me

I was unable to get adequate coverage — I was denied for a preexisting condition. I think I still may have my denial letters. I was able to finally obtain insurance when the ACA went into effect. At the time, I was starting a small business and trying to get myself insured in the individual market. I would NOT have been able to start my business without ACA.

Kelly from Chicago

This year will be my first year getting health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. I am excited to start my new health coverage insurance and start going to doctors.

Catalina from Chicago

I have had to maintain health insurance due to ongoing health issues. As long as I didn’t have a break in coverage, my pre-existing conditions were always covered. Coming off ICHIP coverage and being able to get health insurance through Marketplace was a financial blessing for me in 2014 and 2015.

Valerie from Chicago

Both my husband and I are entrepreneurs, and we both get our health insurance off the Marketplace. Before the ACA, he was able to get health insurance, but I was not because of a pre-existing condition. Without the Marketplace, one of us would have to give up our business in order to get insurance through an employer, so we are thankful that the ACA exists.

María from Des Plaines

My ACA plan was the first insurance I could purchase as an adult, outside of fulltime employment. Before the ACA, I had always been denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition — now I’m eligible.

Gretchen from Chicago

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