June 29, 2012
Healthy policy experts and attorneys at Health & Disability Advocates are encouraged by the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Says CEO Barb Otto, “Thanks to the Supreme Court, defaulting on your health is no longer a penalty free option. The irony is that the same opponents of the individual mandate and tax are the very same proponents of the harshest penalties for those who default on mortgages. Both are equally devastating to our economy. The upcoming months won’t be easy, but this is an encouraging sign for our economic growth. Businesses now will be able to plan for and count on stable health care premiums, families won’t fall into poverty when they get sick, and people with chronic conditions won’t have to choose between eating and paying a health care premium.”
Illinois Health Matters, a collaborative project led by Health & Disability Advocates along with 20 other statewide health policy groups, released a ‘Visualizing Health Care Reform’ tool developed in March 2012. The interactive infographic, available at visualizingreform.illinoishealthmatters.org, reveals that more 13% of the state population doesn’t have health insurance, but will be eligible in 2014 under the original provisions of the Affordable Care Act. It also upended conventional thinking about who beneficiaries of the 2010 health law would be, and where they live – the majority were clearly the working poor, and almost half of uninsured – greater than expected – live outside metropolitan Chicago.
Now, Illinois can move forward with health care reform as our policymakers realize that this is critical for our economic recovery. Through the Affordable Care Act, more than 1.6 million uninsured people statewide will realize access to care through the Medicaid expansion and the new Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as the Exchange). This is especially critical given recent budget cuts to state-funded health programs such as Illinois Cares Rx and FamilyCare. Says CEO Barbara Otto, “The sooner Illinois gets going on implementing the Affordable Care Act, the sooner our economy starts recovering.”
A milestone in healthcare history, the Supreme Court affirmed that people with chronic conditions and pre-existing conditions deserve an equal playing field when it comes to their health. Adds Otto, "Today’s decision creates an equal playing field for people with chronic and pre-existing conditions...It is our hope that opponents of ‘Obamacare’ in Congress and in the state of Illinois will now get busy doing the people’s business to make sure that the ACA is implemented.”
Health & Disability Advocates (HDA) is a state and national policy and advocacy organization that promotes income security, enhances educational and work opportunities, and improves health care access and services for low-income children, people with disabilities and older adults. The agency’s current family of initiatives includes: IllinoisHealthMatters.org, Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children, SSI Homeless Outreach, Illinois Connections: Assisting Veterans and Military Families, Make Medicare Work and ThinkBeyondtheLabel.com
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