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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Victory! The ACA is here to stay!

In a monumental win for consumers and the right to health care, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled today to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in California v. Texas. Protect Our Care Illinois (POCIL) applauds the decision of the SCOTUS to uphold the Affordable Care Act and reject attempts to take away health coverage for millions. With this ruling, SCOTUS has solidified the ACA as landmark Read More…

Protect Our Care Illinois 2021 End of Session Recap

Protect Our Care Illinois (POCIL) believes that everyone deserves access to equitable, affordable, comprehensive health care no matter their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, income, ability or immigration status.  The 102nd Illinois General Assembly wrapped up just a few short days ago, and, thanks in no small part to the tireless efforts of champions in the House and Senate, as well as advocates throughout the state, Illinois is continuing 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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