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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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Statement on the signing of SB 1321, the Medicaid Omnibus Bill

Obtaining and retaining health coverage should be easy for our neighbors who depend on it. With the signing of SB1321 – the Medicaid Omnibus bill – we now have strong provisions directing the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to streamline and simplify the redetermination process so that fewer Illinois families will fall through the cracks. Thank you to Governor Pritzker and his staff, Senator Steans, Leader Harris and other Read More…

Illinois General Assembly Passes Medicaid Reforms, Safeguarding Health Coverage for Three Million Illinoisans who Depend on Medicaid

With unanimous votes in the House and Senate, advocates secure fixes to address the Illinois Medicaid eligibility and redetermination crisis Springfield, IL— Protect Our Care Illinois (POCIL) applauds the Illinois General Assembly for successfully passing SB 1321, a Medicaid omnibus bill to improve the enrollment process and address other issues with the Medicaid system. The state has struggled for years to complete Medicaid applications in a timely fashion and prevent 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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