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"Millions of our citizens do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and to enjoy good health. Millions do not now have protection or security against the economic effects of sickness. And the time has now arrived for action to help them attain that opportunity and to help them get that protection."Those were the words of President Harry Truman when he sent a message to Congress on the need for national health care. He delivered his message on November 19, 1945.
Since December, the Republicans leading Congress have proposed nothing but reckless plans when it comes to health care. We all know that there’s a lot of room for improvement in our health care system, particularly when it comes to affordability and lowering costs, but none of these proposals would address these issues.
Health Insurance Marketplace Ready to Help 1 Million Illinoisans
In September of 2008, Citizen Action/Illinois started the Health Care for America Now campaign in Illinois. HCAN was an ambitious campaign to win quality and affordable health care for the 1.5 million Illinoisans without insurance and the millions being overcharged and underserved by their existing health insurance.
From the News-Gazette:
Groups plan to inform community college students on health care
Wed, 09/04/2013 - 7:00am | Debra Pressey
CHAMPAIGN — Two public interest organizations believe they'll find many of the young adults in Champaign County who don't have health insurance on the campus of Parkland College.
Medicaid expansion heads to Illinois governor
May 28, 2013 - From the Associated Press - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Illinois lawmakers have approved a historic expansion of Medicaid to cover low-income adults without children.
The key part of President Barack Obama's health care law heads to Gov. Pat Quinn, who is in favor of it. Quinn says it'll help transform Illinois' health care.
CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
SB26: Medicaid Expansion Bill Passes Out of Senate and Moves to House.
- UPDATE: SB26 has been posted for Human Services Committee Hearing May 21st
WE NEED YOU TO TAKE ACTION TODAY:
1. Call your state representative and ask them to support SB26.
Use the ‘Illinois Affordable Health Care Hotline': 888-616-3322
Rockford, IL– On April 3, Citizen Action/IL and IARA stood with local seniors at a press conference to demand Congress lift the prohibition on Medicare price negotiations. The press event was held at the historic Booker Washington Community Center in Rockford Illinois. The groups announced their support for Senator Rockefeller's legislation to allow negotiations, which could save Illinois close to $3 Billion over ten years. Also, they committed to keep the pressure on Congressional members in the area.
Citizens Tell Senator Kirk: Stand Up for IL Families, Support Balanced Resolution to Budget Sequester
[Springfield, IL] – On Thursday, February 21, Citizen Action/Illinois joined with the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, Illinois AFL-CIO, the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, NAACP and Action NOW for a press conference outside the Springfield office of Senator Mark Kirk. Speakers highlighted the impact of $85 billion in across-the-board program cuts scheduled to take effect March 1 if Congress doesn’t resolve the debate over the budget sequester.