Health care reform arrived in 2010 and now it is moving fast. Whether you agreed with the federal Affordable Care Act or not, it will touch your life in one way or another. Changes have already been implemented in Illinois which affect hundreds of thousands of people including those with pre-existing conditions, seniors & people with disabilities on Medicare, adults with college-age children, small business owners and others.
Each individual state is responsible for many aspects of health care reform implementation -- and every state will do it differently. For that reason, a group of health care policy and consumer organizations in Illinois decided to start Illinois Health Matters.org. With generous funding from The Chicago Community Trust, we designed this site to be a user-friendly, digital hub for information about health care reform implementation in Illinois.
We will provide insight into how health care reform impacts four different target populations: individuals and family, small businesses, community-based organizations and media & policymakers. We’ll post questions and answers and hope to be your trusted source of information.
Please visit us often and participate in the conversation!
Barbara Otto, Health & Disability Advocates
John Bouman, Sargent Shriver Center on National Poverty Law
Jon Lavin, AgeOptions
Jim Duffett, Campaign for Better Health Care
Margie Schaps, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group