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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Gun Violence is a Public Health Emergency: a Threat to Safety is a Threat to Health

As a coalition dedicated to ensuring all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, income, or identity, have access to safe, equitable, and affordable health care, we understand that health extends far beyond access to doctors, preventative care, and medicines. Health is also measured by access to resources and opportunities, and systemic divestment in communities of color across the nation have created huge disparities in health outcomes.   Since the beginning of 2021, Read More…

The Affordable Care Act Turns 11!

After 11 years, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now a fundamental part of the fabric of the American health care system, alongside Medicare and Medicaid, providing millions with access to coverage, care and critical consumer protections. The law has led to historic reductions in racial inequities in health coverage and is more popular than ever.  Protect Our Care IL (POCIL) knows that the ACA is not something to be taken for granted. Our coalition was born four years 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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2 days ago
All people deserve access to the best care possible, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. This is a great step in the right direction!
2 weeks ago
A threat to safety is a threat to health. Gun violence is a public health emergency and must be dealt with as such. We call upon our state and federal legislators to take bold, decisive action to address this epidemic. Our statement: