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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 AdvocacyIndivisible Chicago
Access LivingIndivisible Chicago Northwest Side
ACLU of ILIndivisible Evanston
Action IllinoisIndivisible Illinois
AIDS Foundation of ChicagoIndivisible Lincoln Square
All Chicago Making Homelessness HistoryIndivisible 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 HalstedInternational Consulting Group
Champaign County Health Care ConsumersJewish Child & Family Services
Champaign-Urbana Public Health DistrictLake County Health Department & Community Health Center
Chicago ADAPTLeague of Women Voters of Illinois
Chicago Citywide Literacy CoalitionLegal Council for Health Justice
Chicago Coalition for the HomelessLIFE Center for Independent Living (LIFE CIL)
Chicago Hispanic Health CoalitionLittle City
Chicago Jobs CouncilLoyola University Chicago
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s NetworkMemorial Behavioral Health
Chicago Women’s AIDS ProjectMercy Housing
Children’s Home + AidMetropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force
Children’s Place AssociationMetropolitan Family Services
Citizen Action/IllinoisMFTD Waiver Families
Clergy for a New Drug PolicyMurphy Law
Communities UnitedNAMI Chicago
Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of IllinoisNAMI Illinois
Cook County Health and Hospital SystemNAMI South Suburbs of Chicago
Democratic Party Of Oak Park – ACA CommitteeNational Association of Social Workers (NASW) Illinois Chapter
Depression & Bipolar Support AllianceNational Council of Jewish Women IL State Policy Advocacy Network
Don Moss & Associates, Inc.National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
DuPage Federation on Human Services ReformNational Multiple Sclerosis Society
E-Town WellnessNorth Side Action & Resistance
Eastern Illinois FoodbankNorthern Illinois Public Health Consortium
Easterseals Central IllinoisNWSOFA
Ecker CenterOak-Leyden Developmental Services
Erie Family Health CenterOpen Door Clinic of Elgin
Erikson IllinoisOpen Door Health Center
Esperanza Health CentersOral Health Forum
EverThrive IllinoisOrganizing for Action-Springfield
Family Counseling Center, Inc.Ounce of Prevention Fund
Family Service and Mental Health Center of CiceroPatient Innovation Center
Friends Who MarchPediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative
Greater Chicago Food DepositoryPlanned Parenthood of Illinois
Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (GIPPCC)Poor Box Theater
Health & Medicine Policy Research GroupPrimeCare Community Health Centers
Health and Disability AdvocatesProviders for Healthcare Access
Health Justice Project, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, University of Loyola Chicago School of LawRincon Family Services
Healthcare Rights CoalitionRosecrance
Healthy Illinois CampaignSEIU Healthcare Illinois
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human RightsSmall Business Majority
Housing Action IllinoisSpringfield Center for Independent Living
Human Rights CampaignSt. Anthony Hospital
Illinois Academy of Family PhysiciansStrike Force For Change, Indivisible Group
Illinois Action for ChildrenThe Arc of Illinois
Illinois Alliance for Retired AmericansThe Arts of Life
Illinois Association for Behavioral HealthThe Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois (ACMHAI)
Illinois Association of Area Agencies on AgingThe Bradley Cameron Association
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of PediatricsThe Josselyn Center
Illinois Coalition for Health AccessThe Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee RightsThe Supportive Housing Providers Association
Illinois Collaboration on YouthThresholds
Illinois LENDUnited Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities (IPADDUnite)Voices for Illinois Children
Illinois Partners for Human ServiceWe Take Action Today
Illinois Public Health AssociationWill-Grundy CIL
Inclusion PACYoung Invincibles
Indivisible Oak Park AreaYWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Indivisible BrookfieldYWCA Northwestern Illinois
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Protect Our Care Illinois sends letter to federal CMS demanding care

In the ongoing effort to demand equitable access to high quality health care for all Illinoisans, Protect Our Care Illinois has drafted a letter calling on federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to adopt additional policies to expand access to affordable health care during the COVID-19 crisis. The letter below, signed by over 30 advocates, has been sent to CMS, the IL Congressional Delegation, the Governor’s office, and Read More…

Statement: Protect Our Care Illinois disappointed by committee vote on HB3493

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Springfield, IL (March 4, 2020) – Today the Protect Our Care Illinois (POCIL) Coalition released the following statement:  We are disappointed by the outcome of today’s committee vote on HB3493, a bill to empower consumers by creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board, an independent state board to review increasing drug prices and put a check on the unbridled power of big Pharma. Recent polling data conducted in 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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