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Friday, May 10, 2013

Visualize It!



For the second consecutive year, Health & Disability Advocates (HDA) has released its Visualizing Health Care Reform tool, a unique, interactive map that allows users to see a geographic and demographic breakdown of uninsured state residents who will be eligible for healthcare coverage when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented beginning in 2014.

The visualization is an especially practical tool for groups in the public, private and non-profit sectors, who are planning how they will meet the demand for information and for assistance to connect individuals with the new health care options. The interactive map allows users to pinpoint data for 87 Illinois communities, or roll up to larger regions around the state. The latest release of the tool provides geographic and demographic breakdowns of those who will become eligible for coverage in Illinois, as well as the undocumented non-citizens who do not have a new path to coverage.

The AP covered the tool yesterday and focused in on the over 40,000 uninsured veterans in Illinois - 32% (13,000) of whom will be newly eligible for Medicaid in Illinois, as long as the Medicaid expansion passes the legislature.

HDA CEO, Barbara Otto, was featured on WGN News illustrating how to use the tool.

With Visualizing Health Care Reform, we hope to help build an on-ramp to affordable health care for eligible individuals and families while also helping those on the implementation side to plan for a smooth and effective transition.

Please share the tool with your networks and email us if you have questions!

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