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We’ll double down

As an organization that has fought for clients with chronic health care conditions for 30 years, we decry the House of Representatives’ vote today to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and make it harder for Illinoisans, and Americans, with chronic health care needs to receive the medical care they need to prosper. The bill passed today by the House of Representatives is deeply flawed and will make Americans less healthy and less able to support themselves and their families. We stand with the millions of Americans who face loss of health care should this bill become law. We will continue our work to preserve the gains in health care through the Affordable Care...

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Misunderstanding Medicaid

A letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune to correct a misstatement about Medicaid, from our former executive director, Ann Hilton Fisher. I appreciated “Stakes High in State as Medicaid Retool Looms,” but want to correct a misleading impression left by Jonathan Ingram’s quote “people who gained coverage under Medicaid expansion have no disabilities keeping them away from the workforce or children to care for. It’s an issue of employment, not health insurance.” I am a volunteer tax-preparer at one of Chicago’s low-income tax preparation sites. Because of the Affordable Care Act, we now have to ask our clients about their health insurance. Last week I met three men who had recently gotten health insurance through the Medicaid expansion. All three had income of less than $15,000. One has worked full-time at a local convention center for five years,...

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Lunch and lawyer up

This Thursday, staff attorneys Sarah Hess and Amanda Walsh will offer a training on “Serving Mixed-Status Immigrant Families as a Non-Immigration Attorney” presented by the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section Health & Hospital Committee. Lunch is available for purchase, or bring your own. Mark your calendars for 23, 2017 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at the CBA Headquarters (321 South Plymouth Court). To register, visit www.chicagobar.org, then click on the Webcast tab or click...

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Makes you want to scream

Republicans in Congress introduced a budget resolution that includes instructions to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is the first step in the process to repeal and delay, taking health care coverage away from 30 million, and consumer protections from millions more. Here’s what you can do.

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We won’t go back to 1964!

In the days after the 2016 election, we have thought long and hard about likely targets with a new administration and Congress. We see a new war on the poor with the first target being access to essential healthcare.

Medicaid is the principal program that provides access to medical care to the poor in Illinois. Since 1965 as part of the War on Poverty, Medicaid has been a remarkable program, providing life-saving healthcare for low-income Americans. And, the Affordable Care Act (aka ACA or ObamaCare) expanded Medicaid to single, childless adults living at or near poverty.

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