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William McNary leads Daley Plaza celebration of the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act

Date: 
07/02/2012

 

On Thursday June 28, Over 150 people gathered in 100-degree heat in Chicago's Daley Plaza praising the Supreme Court ruling as a profound victory for American consumers. With this seminal Supreme Court decision, the constitutional debate over the law ended and the quest toward affordable and accessible healthcare moved triumphantly forward. Healthcare advocates said that 30 million more Americans can now be covered and that the worst insurance company abuses will become a relic of the past.

Advocates Rally in Daley Plaza for Affordable Care Act

Date: 
06/28/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  
Contact: 

Lynda DeLaforgue, Co-Director Citizen Action/IL: 312.427.2114 x202  or cell  773-251-0328

John Gaudette, Organizing Director Citizen Action/IL: 312.427.2114 x208

How the Health Care Ruling Affects Illinois

Date: 
06/28/2012

How the Health Care Ruling Affects Illinois

In Illinois, about a million uninsured residents could be eligible for coverage

By Lisa Balde, NBC 5 Chicago

Following the Supreme Court's landmark decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care law, Illinois residents want to know what's next.

The individual mandate means most Americans will have to buy health insurance or pay a fine.

Metro-east congressmen have opposite reactions to high court's ruling

Date: 
06/28/2012

Metro-east congressmen have opposite reactions to high court's ruling

By Mike Fitzgerald - Belleville News-Democrat; June 28, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down Thursday morning that upholds the Affordable Care Act triggered sharply divided opinions across the metro-east and Illinois.

Critics: Big Medicaid cuts were false choice

Date: 
06/18/2012

From WJBC.com:

Critics: Big Medicaid cuts were false choice

By: Jim Anderson

CHICAGO — Illinois’ new Medicaid landscape will produce problems.

For example, preventive medicine is curtailed, said Lynda Delaforgue of the group Citizen Action.

Gov. Quinn signs Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax into law

Date: 
06/15/2012

From the Lincolnwood Review, Chicago Sun-Times:

Gov. Quinn signs Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax into law

BY DAVE McKINNEY Springfield bureau chief 

June 14, 2012 8:48AM

Updated: June 14, 2012 4:06PM 

 Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks with reporters in his office at the Illinois State Capitol Friday, June 1, 2012 in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

"We regret to inform you..." - Illinois Medicaid recipients begin to receive cancellation notices

Date: 
06/14/2012

 

Medicaid recipients in Illinois have begun receiving notices in the mail informing them of the cancellation of their Illinois Cares Rx benefit.

Read the termination letter below:

 

Statement from Citizen Action/Illinois on Governor's Signing of Medicaid and Health Cuts Legislation

Date: 
06/14/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

For more information contact: Lynda DeLaforgue 312/427-2114 x 202

June 14, 2012

STATEMENT FROM CITIZEN ACTION/ILLINOIS ON GOVERNOR’S SIGNING OF MEDICAID AND HEALTH CUTS LEGISLATION

Low-income Chicago residents brace for Medicaid cuts

Date: 
06/07/2012

From the Austin Weekly News:

Low-income Chicago residents brace for Medicaid cuts

Community health advocates urge Quinn to veto or postpone law’s passage

By A. JABARI JEFFERSON

Medill News Service

June 6, 2012

If Gov. Pat Quinn signs the controversial measure that would cut $1.6 billion from Medicaid, more than 160,000 low-income residents throughout the state stand to feel the impact of reduced health care.