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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 Evanston
Action Illinois Indivisible Illinois
AIDS Foundation of Chicago Indivisible Lincoln Square
All Chicago Making Homelessness History Indivisible NWIL
American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) Indivisible South Suburban Chicago
Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA Chicago) Institute on Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago
Black Networth in Children’s Emotional Health (BNICEH) Interdependent Living Solutions Center
Center on Halsted International Consulting Group
Champaign County Health Care Consumers Jewish Child & Family Services
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center
Chicago ADAPT League of Women Voters of Illinois
Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition Legal Council for Health Justice
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless LIFE Center for Independent Living (LIFE CIL)
Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition Little City
Chicago Jobs Council Loyola University Chicago
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network Memorial Behavioral Health
Chicago Women’s AIDS Project Mercy Housing
Children’s Home + Aid Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force
Children’s Place Association Metropolitan Family Services
Citizen Action/Illinois MFTD Waiver Families
Clergy for a New Drug Policy Murphy Law
Communities United NAMI Chicago
Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois NAMI Illinois
Cook County Health and Hospital System NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago
Democratic Party Of Oak Park – ACA Committee National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Illinois Chapter
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance National Council of Jewish Women IL State Policy Advocacy Network
Don Moss & Associates, Inc. National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform North Side Action & Resistance
E-Town Wellness Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium
Eastern Illinois Foodbank NWSOFA
Easterseals Central Illinois Oak-Leyden Developmental Services
Ecker Center Open Door Clinic of Elgin
Erie Family Health Center Open Door Health Center
Erikson Illinois Oral Health Forum
Esperanza Health Centers Organizing for Action-Springfield
EverThrive Illinois Ounce of Prevention Fund
Family Counseling Center, Inc. Patient Innovation Center
Family Service and Mental Health Center of Cicero Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative
Friends Who March Planned Parenthood of Illinois
Greater Chicago Food Depository Poor Box Theater
Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (GIPPCC) PrimeCare Community Health Centers
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group Providers for Healthcare Access
Health and Disability Advocates Rincon Family Services
Health Justice Project, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, University of Loyola Chicago School of Law Rosecrance
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 St. Anthony Hospital
Human Rights Campaign Strike Force For Change, Indivisible Group
Illinois Academy of Family Physicians The Arc of Illinois
Illinois Action for Children The Arts of Life
Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans The Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois (ACMHAI)
Illinois Association for Behavioral Health The Bradley Cameron Association
Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging The Josselyn Center
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Illinois Coalition for Health Access The Supportive Housing Providers Association
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Thresholds
Illinois Collaboration on Youth United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Illinois LEND Voices for Illinois Children
Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities (IPADDUnite) We Take Action Today
Illinois Partners for Human Service Will-Grundy CIL
Illinois Public Health Association Young Invincibles
Inclusion PAC YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Indivisible Oak Park Area YWCA Northwestern Illinois
Indivisible Brookfield

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Enrollment in ACA Marketplace Drops Due to Trump Administration Sabotage

On Wednesday, CMS released the near final weekly snapshot of enrollment numbers for the 39 HealthCare.gov states, including Illinois. This figure shows 8.5 million people enrolled in coverage during the latest six-week open enrollment period, a drop of 368,000 Americans. Illinois enrolled 314,777 individuals, a 7% drop in enrollees, and will have about 25,000 fewer Illinoisans covered this year through the Marketplace. While the decrease is much smaller than what Read More…

Court Ruling Striking Down the Affordable Care Act is Misguided and Cruel – But Doesn’t Change Open Enrollment 2019

US District Court Judge Reed O’Connor made a decision on Friday to strike down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the case Texas v. United States. This lawsuit threatens access to healthcare, quality of coverage, and financial protections for millions of people and their families. This ruling is an assault on 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions, on the 20 million Americans who rely on the ACA 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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🚨HELP NOW🚨Senate Insurance needs to hear from YOU. Industry opposition is stopping a vote on HB471. help us get out of committee: We need witness slips until 11AM today and calls now! Help us look out for Illinoisans! #twill
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🚨RAPID RESPONSE🚨We need witness slips in support of HB471, the FAIIR Act by TOMO 5/22 @ 11AM. HB471 is going to Senate Insurance Comm! Help make sure #IL is safe from unreasonable rate increases to health insurance #twill
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