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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 Illinois Partners for Human Service
Access Living Illinois Public Health Association
ACLU of IL Indivisible Illinois
AIDS Foundation of Chicago IndivisibleNWIL
Champaign County Health Care Consumers Infant Welfare Society of Chicago
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center
Chicago ADAPT League of Women Voters of Illinois 
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Legal Council for Health Justice
Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition LIFE Center for Independent Living (LIFE CIL)
Chicago Jobs Council Memorial Behavioral Health
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network Mercy Housing
Children’s Home + Aid Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force
Citizen Action/Illinois Metropolitan Family Services
Communities United MFTD Waiver Families
Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois NAMI Chicago
Cook County Health and Hospital System NAMI Illinois
Democratic Party Of Oak Park – ACA Committee National Council of Jewish Women IL State Policy Advocacy Network
Don Moss & Associates, Inc. Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium
Eastern Illinois Foodbank Oral Health Forum
Easterseals Central Illinois Organizing for Action-Springfield
EverThrive Illinois Ounce of Prevention Fund
Family Counseling Center, Inc. Planned Parenthood of Illinois
Family Service and Mental Health Center of Cicero Providers for Healthcare Access
Greater Chicago Food Depository Rincon Family Services
Health & Disability Advocates sally duros
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group SEIU Healthcare Illinois 
Healthcare Rights Coalition Small Business Majority
Healthy Illinois Campaign The Arc of Illinois
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights The Arts of Life
Housing Action Illinois 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  Thresholds
Illinois Coalition for Health Access  United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights  We Take Action Today
Illinois Collaboration on Youth  Will-Grundy CIL
Illinois LEND  Young Invincibles
Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities (IPADDUnite)
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Protect Our Care Illinois condemns the massive coverage losses demonstrated in the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the GOP Health Plan

Today, weeks after voting on the American Health Care Act, House Republicans finally know how much it will cost and how it will affect access to health insurance. Today the CBO confirmed what we already knew–the AHCA is dangerous and will strip health coverage from 23 million people. The CBO also confirmed that premiums will still increase by 20% next year. As if that isn’t bad enough, the AHCA completely Read More…

Protect Our Care Illinois condemns House vote in favor of the AHCA

This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives muscled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) through to passage by the slim margin of 217-213. The vote came after several intense days of pressure from Congressional leaders to vote for the AHCA in spite of the opposition of millions of constituents and the entire health care sector. It is unfortunate that this pressure temporarily won out, but this careless, cruel, and tremendously 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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