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6th CD Action Network Pens Joint Statement Calling on Congressman Roskam to Uphold Consumer Protections of the ACA


Yesterday Politico reported that Rep. Peter Roskam has moved toward taking a leadership role in creating what he calls “an aspirational bill” that incorporates everything the GOP has sought to do on health care.

Health Care Justice for the Long Haul


 "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. 

A Cost Too High: The Financial Harm of the Republican Plan to Repeal Health Care

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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. 


Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet: "Obamacare and You"



A great resource on all things ACA: "Obamacare and You" is a series of one-page papers explaining how the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” will affect different groups of people.

  to learn more.

Introducing the Affordable Care Act Toolkit



From Representative Jan Schakowsky:

I’m proud to announce the launch of an Obamacare Toolkit, available on my website, to help my constituents learn about the many benefits of Obamacare and how to take advantage of them.

Follow the link below to find out more:

Governor Quinn Joins with Health Advocates to Launch Health Insurance Marketplace


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.

CA/IL works to inform community college students on health care options


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 Moves to Governor for Signature


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.

Medicaid Expansion:342,000 Illinoisans Need Your Help




SB26: Medicaid Expansion Bill Passes Out of Senate and Moves to House.

  • UPDATE: SB26 has been posted for Human Services Committee Hearing May 21st


1. Call your state representative and ask them to support SB26.

       Use the ‘Illinois Affordable Health Care Hotline': 888-616-3322

Citizen Action/ Illinois Calls for Medicare Price Negotiations


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.