Thanks to everyone who made Summer Celebration 2013 a record-breaking success! Attendance at this year’s event was even better than we expected, with over 200 registered guests! We deeply appreciate your support this year, and hope to see you all at our Annual Meeting this fall!
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Implementation of Obamacare: Springfield Update
Medicaid Expansion: Major Historic Victory for Illinois
Thanks to Obamacare and the passage of SB 26 in the State Senate and House, 342,000 more Illinoisans will now be able to access Medicaid coverage. The federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of coverage for the new Medicaid population for the first three years and will continue to pay 90% after 2019. SB26 will bring an estimated $4.6 billion in new federal spending, resulting in tens of thousands of jobs and new economic security for Illinois families.
This is a tremendous victory for health care advocates in Illinois – truly a reason to celebrate! Thank you to all the advocates who worked so hard to pass SB26.
State-Base Health Insurance Marketplace: Senate Passes HB 3227 – House Blocks Vote
Thank you to all the advocates and small business owners throughout the state for your efforts to pass HB3227, the state-based Health Insurance Marketplace legislation.
HB3227 passed the Senate with a 37-19 vote on May 23. Within a few days of its arrival in the House, nearly 30 Representatives signed on as co-sponsors to the bill and it became clear that the 60 yes votes needed for its passage were within reach. Despite this support, we have been informed that HB3227 will not be allowed out of the Rules Committee for a full House vote before the Spring session ends on May 31st.
Our work towards establishing a consumer-friendly state-based Marketplace in Illinois will continue.
Health Care Reform Guide: Updated 2013
Some of the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act went into effect in January 2011. To help you make sense of it all, CBHC has prepared this guide.