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Health Insurance – Laws and Information

How to Apply for Medicaid – Information from Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

Dual Eligibles: Medicaid’s Role for Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries – from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid Facts – Information about the nearly 9 million Medicaid beneficiaries who are dual eligibles – low-income seniors and younger persons with disabilities enrolled in both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. – The official Health Marketplace for Illinois. Explore your health coverage options here!

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 Private Health Coverage Works – This primer provides basic overview o f private e coverage for healthcare. It begins by describing what we mean b y private health coverage, and continues with discussions of the types of organizations that provide it, its key attributes, and how it is regulated. The paper addresses private health coverage purchased by individuals and employers; it does not address public benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

Illinois Department of Human Services Q & A Document on Medical Assistance, Medicaid, Medical Card & Health Insurance – Answers to frequently asked questions including resources for “which doctors/dentists accept the medicaid card?”

Illinois Insurance Facts – Dependent Coverage – Parents often want or need to elect dependent coverage for their children. Effective beginning June 1, 2009, all individual and group health insurance and HMO contracts must abide by the provisions of Public Act 95-0958, a new Illinois law (215 ILCS 356z.12) that gives parents with insurance policies that cover dependents the right to elect coverage for qualifying dependents up to age 26 and up to age 30 for military veteran dependents. Here are the basic facts about the new law.

Illinois Insurance Facts – Insurance Coverage for Autism – For children diagnosed with autism, early intervention and continued treatment is critical. Effective December 12, 2008, all individual and group health insurance policies and HMO contracts must abide by the provisions of Public Act 95-1005 (215 ILCS 356z.14). This new Illinois law provides coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders for children under 21, establishing an annual benefit of $36,000 for services provided pursuant to this Act. Here are the basic facts about the new law.

Information on Medicaid Reform Legislation in Illinois – From the Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition

Insurance Resources for Military and Veteran Families – This link is to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, Health Administration Center, CHAMPVA. Information on How to Apply, File a Claim, and more.

Integrated Care Program Information – from Illinois HFS – Information from Illinois HFS on Governor Quinn’s Integrated Care Program, September 2010.

Medicaid and the Uninsured – Kaiser Commission on Medicaid Facts – Medicaid is the nation’s principal safety‐net health insurance program, covering health and long‐term care services for nearly 60 million low income Americans, most of whom would otherwise be uninsured. Medicaid’s enrollees include children and parents in working families, people with disabilities, and seniors; many of the nation’s sickest and frailest people depend on Medicaid for their coverage and care.

Medicaid Quiz – Kaiser Family Foundation – Medicaid, the nation’s publicly funded health coverage program for low-income Americans, is a primary source of coverage, access, and health care financing, as well as a key component of the expansion of coverage in the Affordable Care Act. How much do you know about Medicaid, the role it plays in the lives of many Americans, how program dollars are spent and how Medicaid eligibility will change under health reform?

Paying the Bills – Tips for Families on Financing Health Care for Children with Special Needs – Information from New England SERVE

The Affordable Care Act and Your Child’s Eyes – Information on changes to health care law that may impact vision services available to your children. From Prevent Blindness America.

What to Consider When Enrolling in a Health Insurance Plan – From The Arc  of the United States, National Policy Matters