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Health Care Reform

A Guide to Purchasing Insurance for Children with Special Health Care Needs – from Family Voices Indiana – A resource to assist families of children with special health care needs in purchasing insurance.


A Quick Guide to Immigrant Eligibility for ACA and Key Federal Means-Tested Programs – The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has developed this chart on who is eligible for what under healthcare reform and other key federal means-tested programs.


Fact Sheet: The Affordable Health Care Act’s New Patient’s Bill of Rights – The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury issued regulations to implement a new Patient’s Bill of Rights under the Affordable Care Act – which will help children (and eventually all Americans) with pre-existing conditions gain coverage and keep it, protect all Americans’ choice of doctors and end lifetime limits on the care consumers may receive. These new protections apply to nearly all health insurance plans.1


Health Care Reform: What’s in it for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs? AMCHP Fact Sheet – From the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs. This issue brief offers a concise description of some of the provisions under ACA that directly impact CYSHCN and offers some thoughts about the role of State Title V MCH and CYSHCN programs in realizing their promise.


Health Reform Hits Main Street – The YouToons Explain the New Health Law – Confused about how the new health reform law really works? This short, animated movie — featuring the “YouToons” — explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. Written and Produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation.


Health Reform: What’s in it to Promote the Medical Home? an AMCHP Fact Sheet – From the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs. The medical home is an approach to providing primary care services to women, children and their families; that is providing team-based whole-person, comprehensive, ongoing, and coordinated patient-centered care.


HealthCare.Gov – Find insurance options based on your individual situation and learn about the new law! From the US Department of Health & Human Services.


How Health Care Reform Will Help People with Mental Illnesses? – From UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration: How Will Health Reform Help People with Mental Illnesses? An analysis of the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in 2010 and how it will affect people with psychiatric disabilities.


Illinois Health Matters – Your Source for Health Care Reform in Illinois. The Illinois Health Matters website is funded by The Chicago Community Trust and managed by a collaborative of Illinois health policy and community-based organizations: Health & Disability Advocates, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, AgeOptions, Campaign for Better Health Care, and Health & Medicine Policy Research Group.


Medicare and the New Health Care Law – What it Means for You – A message from Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health & Human Services. Th e Aff ordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed by President Obama this year will provide you and your family greater savings and increased quality health care. It will also ensure accountability throughout the health care system so that you, your family, and your doctor—not insurance companies—have greater control over your care.


National Health Law Program – NHeLP– The National Health Law Program protects and advances the health rights of low income and underserved individuals. The oldest non-profit of its kind, NHeLP advocates, educates and litigates at the federal and state level.


How the Health Care Law Benefits You – Information about the Affordable Care Act from www.HealthCare.gov


Subsidy Calculator – Premium Assistance for Coverage in the Marketplace from The Kaiser Family Foundation – This tool illustrates health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance on their own in new health insurance exchanges (or “Marketplaces”) created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


The Affordable Care Act: What It Is & How It Will Affect The People You Serve – Presented by Stephanie Altman, J.D., Programs and Policy Director for Health & Disability Advocates at The 2013 Arc of Illinois Convention.


U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Regulations and Guidance – The Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight will work with the Department of Health and Human Services to issue regulations and implement many of the provisions of the legislation that address private health insurance. Visit this page frequently for links to proposed regulations, requests for comment, and other updates.


Young Adults and the Affordable Care Act: Protecting Young Adults and Eliminating Burdens on Families and Businesses – The Affordable Care Act allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health care plan until age 26. Before the President signed this landmark Act into law, many health plans and issuers could and did in fact remove young adults from their parents’ policies because of their age, leaving many college graduates and others with no insurance.