Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform


The Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes known as "Obamacare", signed into law on March 23, 2010 has changed the landscape of health care in America. This landmark legislation attempts to correct many of the problems that plagued our system by making health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible, and protecting us from insurance company abuses.

Information on specific provisions is included below. If you have any questions about the ACA, or would like to invite an EverThrive IL staff member to come speak to your organization about the law, please contact  Alicia Siani at 312-763-2389.”


+Making Health Insurance More Affordable and Accessible
  • New Health Insurance Exchanges will provide a one-stop shop for comparing and accessing private health insurance as well as Medicaid, tax credits, and other public programs.
  • Beginning in 2014, the Medicaid program will be expanded to cover approximately 342,000 low-income, hard working Illinoisans. This expansion will be 100 percent federally funded for the first three years and will bring an estimated $5.7 billion into Illinois in Medicaid provider payments.
  • Starting in 2014, most American families will have support paying health insurance premiums in the form of tax credits and subsidies.
  • Already, young adults can stay on their parent’s insurance plan until age 26, even if they are married or live in another state.

+Combating Insurance Company Abuses
  • By 2014, people living with pre-existing conditions will be free from discrimination and can get the health coverage they need and deserve.
  • Already, children cannot be denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition
  • Starting in 2014, insurance companies will be unable to charge women more for coverage just because of their gender
  • Already, most private health insurance plans are required to cover preventive care services with no cost to the patient (no co-payments and no deductibles).
  • Currently, insurance companies cannot put a lifetime limit on the amount of care you may receive. After 2014, insurance companies will no longer be able to impose annual limits either.


Connecting Communities to Coverage: Outreach and Enrollment Workshops

Workshops to be hosted statewide September thru December
See this flyer for dates, times, and locations and to register.


New Fact Sheets Available


Comments on Illinois Navigator Program Design Final Report
Submitted July 24, 2012


Information on Medicaid Reform Legislation
Release Date: 07.16.2012

Download new fact sheets about the Affordable Care Act that highlight major benefits to women and to the general population in Illinois. Contact Kathy Chan for more information.



Affordable Care Act Toolkit

The Affordable Care Act has had a drastic effect on the way millions of us access health care and insurance and keeping up with continued changes can be overwhelming, especially for organizations already facing time and budget constraints. That is why the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition has put together a toolkit on the Affordable Care Act. This go-to resource answers the most common questions about health reform in a way that is easy to understand and includes periodic updates as implementation of this monumental legislation continues.  It is ideal for professionals trying to understand the benefits to their clients or looking for a way to quickly explain changes. 

Download the Toolkit on the Affordable Care Act- updated 10/2012

Listen to the audio cast.