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Illinois General Assembly Extends Medicaid Coverage to Low-Income Residents

(7) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 5:19 PM

Time: 4:30 p.m Central, Tuesday, May 28, 2013. "Mr. Clerk, take the record." With those words the President of the Illinois Senate asked the clerk of the chamber torecord the votes on Senate Bill 26, as amended, the bill that would put Illinois in the column of states...

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When Cutting Illinois' Medicaid Program, First, Do No Harm

(3) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 6:25 PM

The Illinois General Assembly is currently debating where to cut $2.7 billion dollars (roughly 18 percent of spending) from the state's health insurance program for certain low-income populations. The thinking is that these "savings" will band-aid the hemorrhaging state budget deficit and root out fraud. If the Medicaid...

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Affordable Care Act Anniversary

(3) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 3:52 PM

America's health care law, the Affordable Care Act, turns one year old on March 23rd. That's good news for Illinois' four-year-olds -- and forty-four-year-olds, and lots of other Illinoisans too. That's because the law imposes consumer protections on the hugely unregulated health insurance industry, and

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Not Anymore! Consumers Can Have a Voice in Health Insurance Rates

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 11:44 AM

Many Illinois consumers might be surprised to learn that health insurance rates are regulated (or not) on the state level. This was the case before the federal health reform law was passed earlier this year and, by and large, remains the case. Federal rate regulation was included in some early...

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Investing in Our Children by Supporting the All Kids Program

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 1:03 PM

Co-authored by Kathy Chan, Associate Director, Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition.

Investing in our children is investing in Illinois. When we help children grow and thrive, we are paving the way for our state's next generation of healthy workers and leaders. Investing in our children means investing in their...

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Payday Lenders Beware: Financial Reform Law Promotes Alternative Small Dollar Loans

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 4:26 PM

This year is providing a growing opportunity for mainstream financial institutions to offer affordable small-dollar loans while proving to be a difficult one for predatory lenders. First, Illinois passed legislation closing a gaping loophole in payday lending regulation. Now, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...

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