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  1. Article number 1 - Health Reform News: Illinois Navigator Program RFA Announced
  2. Article number 2 - Special Enrollment Period through Get Covered Illinois
  3. Article number 3 - Alliance for Health
  4. Article number 4 - Workforce Development
  5. Article number 5 - Healthy Communities
  6. Article number 6 - AHRQ Questions are the Answers
  •  Health Reform News: Illinois Navigator Program RFA Announced

    IDPH Announces it Will be Accepting Applications for Year 2 of Get Covered Illinois Navigator Program. For more information on the program click here.

  •  Enroll Now. Get Covered IllinoisSpecial Enrollment Period through Get Covered Illinois

    Did you miss the deadline or have recent life changes? You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period to get covered.

    1. Visit the Get Covered Illinois website

    2. Call the Get Covered Illinois Help Desk at (866) 311-1119 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

    3. Speak to a trained Navigator in your community for free.

  •  Alliance for Health

    The Alliance for Health Innovation Plan was recently released by the Governor's Office. The Governor also established a new office of Health Innovation and Transformation. Read the plan here.

  •  Workforce DevelopmentWorkforce Development

    The Health Care Reform Implementation Council's Workgroup on Workforce recently released a report with recommendations for workforce development in healthcare professions. Read more about the Workgroup and the recommendations here.

  •  Healthy CommunitiesHealthy Communities

    The Illinois Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Implementation Coordination Council, announced the 2014 SHIP Video Challenge, a video-driven grant competition to help spread the word about the SHIP and implementation across Illinois. Through this grant program, individual members of the public and organizations are invited to help get the word out about the Illinois SHIP through compelling stories presented through video, and to compete for mini-grant awards to help organizations continue their alignment with SHIP. View the website for more information.

  •  AHRQ Questions are the AnswersAHRQ Questions are the Answers

    Some Illinoisans might not have spent much time in a doctor’s office; but through health reform, check-ups and appointments will be more accessible. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Advancing Excellence in Health Care agency has made it easy to prepare for your visit using the "Questions Are The Answers" website. Learn about the importance of asking questions at the doctor's office and use the question building tool for guidance on what to ask.

Health Care Reform & Illinois

By 2014, nearly one million Illinoisans will become eligible for new health care coverage. This is an important step forward for access to health care in our state and reflects the commitment I’ve made to health care reform through increasing access to quality and affordable care in Illinois.

Already, more than a thousand Illinoisans have received coverage through Illinois’ federally-funded high risk pool and over 120,000 Illinois seniors received a $250 rebate check to help cover the cost of prescription drugs. Young adults in Illinois have the option to stay on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26, and children can no longer be denied access to coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

We are working hard to implement key provisions of the Affordable Care Act that make these benefits available. The law also provides opportunities for us to focus on prevention and increase the quality of health care delivery, and I encourage you to take some time learning about these initiatives on this website.

Through health reform, we are making great progress towards ensuring that quality and affordable health care is a reality for the people of Illinois.

Pat Quinn, Governor

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