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Pre-Health Care Reform Publications


In March 2009, Families USA released a new report, Americans at Risk: One in Three Uninsured, which was designed to provide a comprehensive picture of how many Americans were directly affected by the lack of health coverage in 2007-2008. That report contains national data, as well as a detailed discussion of the methodology, and it is available online at This fact sheet presents new state-specific data that mirror the national data in Americans at Risk.

Illinoisans Without Health Insurance – Families USA, April 2009 (pdf)

Small Businesses

Illinois’s small business owners and self-employed spent $6.7 billion in healthcare premiums in 2008. According to projections based on research by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber,1 that number will rise to nearly $16 billion by 2018 without relief from comprehensive reform.2

Healthcare Reform Will Help Illinois Small Businesses (pdf)

 The Economic Burden

In this report, we analyze trends in the economic burden associated with health-insurance provision, and the distribution of this burden, for firms of different sizes. We also explore differences across firm-size categories in the generosity of health plans provided.

The Economic Burden of Providing Health Insurance: How Much Worse Off Are Small Firms? – Rand Corporation, 2008 (pdf)


Rising Health Care Costs

Health care costs are now an even greater burden on American families. This report, which is based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services, examines what these trends mean for Illinois’s working families.

Premiums versus Paychecks: a Growing Burden for Illinois’ Workers – Families USA, 2008 (pdf)

This report, which is based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, examines what these trends mean for Illinois’s working families. Over the past decade (2000 through 2009), family health insurance premiums for
Illinois’s workers rose 5.0 times more quickly than median earnings. On average, health care premiums for families rose by 85.6 percent, while median earnings rose by only 17.2 percent. If nothing is done to reverse this trend, health insurance will become increasingly unaffordable for families in Illinois and across the nation.

The Cost of Doing Nothing on Health Care Reform in Illinois – New America Foundation (pdf)

Our health care crisis manifests itself in different ways in different parts of the country. In this report, we explain how Illinois is performing now and how we expect things to change by 2016.

Costly Coverage: Premiums Outpace Paychecks in Illinois – Families USA (pdf)


Pre-Health Care Reform Legislation in US Congress

America’s Affordable Health Choices Act provides quality affordable health care for all Americans and controls health care cost growth. Key provisions of the bill released today include: coverage and choice, affordability, shared responsibility, controlling costs, prevention and wellness, and workforce investments.

America’s Affordable Health Choices Act (AAHCA) Bill Summary (pdf)

The three House Committees with jurisdiction over health reform (dubbed the “tri-committee”) issued its joint initial proposal late last week. The bill reflects the strong progressive vision of the Democratic majority in the House, and includes provisions addressing coverage, affordability, shared responsibility, cost control, prevention and wellness, and workforce investments. This document provides a summary of a number of the main provisions of the bill, along with some initial comments.

House Tri-Committee Initial Draft Summary (pdf)

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, chaired by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, released an initial draft of its health reform bill on June 9. The bill is a working draft, with a number of issues left undecided, and others needing further clarification.

Senate HELP Committee (pdf)

Illinois congressional delegation contact information and health staff.

List of Illinois Delegation contacts (pdf)