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The Battle for Medicaid expansion is on! Contact your legislators now!

Date: 
12/07/2012

A key component of President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) is the expansion of federal Medicaid benefits to low-income individuals that currently fall into the “coverage gap.”

In order to achieve real cost savings in health care spending and help bring our nation closer to universal coverage, the ACA needed to address the question of how to help the working poor obtain coverage without creating a new financial burden on those that could not afford it.

CA/IL Honors Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. with Lerner/Egan Award

Date: 
09/21/2012

 

On September 14, 2012, Citizen Action/Illinois was proud to honor Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and President of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, with the 2012 Louis A. Lerner/Monsignor John "Jack" Egan Distinguished Service Award for a lifetime of dedication to the public interest. The evening's keynote address was given by Heather Booth, founder and President of the Midwest Academy and a national progressive leader. 

2012 General Election Endorsements for the Illinois State Legislature

Date: 
09/19/2012

Each election cycle, Citizen Action’s political action committee convenes to make endorsements for public office.  Candidates who wish to be endorsed by the organization are required to complete a questionnaire which outlines the broad policy positions taken by Citizen Action/Illinois.  In the case of incumbents, Citizen Action will also consider their score on our Legislative Scorecard (click here for Citizen Action/Illinois 2012 Illinois Legislature Scorecard).

Medicaid Cuts are Bad News

Date: 
08/20/2012

From The Aids Foundation of Chicago:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hundreds gather in AFC co-sponsored town hall meeting to discuss the impact of sweeping Medicaid cuts on communities of color

By Sara Semelka

Preventive Care Provisions of Health Care Law Go Into Effect

Date: 
08/02/2012

From CBS Chicago 2:

CHICAGO (CBS) – Starting today, as many as 47 million women in the U.S. could be eligible for free preventive health care services, under a provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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