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1 Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition The Affordable Care Act: Present and Future Opportunities for Coverage Presented to Alliance for Healthy and Active Communities quarterly meeting Kathy Chan, Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition Thursday, March 28, 2013

2 About IMCHC Our Projects and Initiatives: Campaign to Save Our Mothers and Babies Chicago Area Immunization Campaign Cooking Matters, a program of Share Our Strength Illinois Coalition for School Health Centers Illinois Premature Infant Health Network text4baby Healthcarereform Become a fan on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter at ILMaternal! Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition

3 Presentation Overview Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition Understand major provisions of the Affordable Care Act Find out which policies/programs are currently in effect Learn about changes that will occur in the near future Be aware of pending policy decisions at the state and federal levels and opportunities for advocacy Questions and answers Brief demo of Visualizing Health Care Reform

4 Affordable Care Act Overview Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition Signed into law on March 23, 2010 Establishes a floor, not a ceiling States are largely responsible for implementation Phases-in changes to private health insurance coverage and expands public coverage Enacts tax credits to help individuals and small businesses access more affordable insurance options Reforms Medicare, protects Medicaid and CHIP Authorization of numerous grant programs and pilot projects Imposes individual and employer responsibility provisions

5 Present Opportunities for Coverage Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition All Kids – comprehensive health insurance coverage for kids <300% FPL FamilyCare – coverage for parents and relative caregivers <133% FPL Moms & Babies – coverage for pregnant women and infants up to 1 year of age <200% FPL Illinois Healthy Women – limited family planning coverage to women <200% FPL Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program – for uninsured women years, no income limit Visit for more informationwww.health.illinois.gov

6 Present Opportunities for Access to Affordable Coverage and Care Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition Expansion of young adult coverage to 26 years in private insurance plans No-cost preventive care in new private health insurance plans – Women-specific preventive services went into effect on August 1, 2012

7 Present Opportunities for Access to Affordable Coverage and Care (cont'd) Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition August 2012 – No-cost women’s preventive health services for new insurance plans Well-women visits Gestational diabetes screenings HPV DNA testing (separate from pap smear results) STI counseling, HIV screening and counseling Contraceptives (i.e. birth control) Breastfeeding support services and supplies Domestic violence screenings

8 Present Opportunities for Access to Affordable Coverage and Care (cont'd) Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition CountyCare “Cook County” Waiver for early implementation of “new Medicaid” – Coverage begins January 1, 2013 – Eligibility criteria: years of age Income less than 133% FPL Resident of Cook County Ineligible for existing Medicaid programs or Medicare US citizen or Legal Permanent Resident for at least five years – Must use Cook County Health and Hospital Network and/or contracted providers – To apply, phone or toll free at –

9 Present Opportunities for Access to Affordable Coverage and Care (cont'd) Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition Elimination of lifetime limits and phasing out of annual limits Elimination of pre-existing conditions for children Tax credits to help qualifying small businesses and nonprofits pay for private health insurance for their employees Minimum medical loss ration (MLR) Justifications of annual increased premium rates above 10% New protections for breastfeeding women Direct access to OB/GYNs Grants for programs and demonstration projects, e.g. Community Transformation Grants Visit for more informationwww.healthcare.gov

10 Health Insurance Landscape in 2014 Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition  New options for coverage  Competitive health insurance marketplace  Tax credits – for those with incomes up to 400% FPL (~$92,000/year for a family of four)  Cost-sharing subsidies for those at or below 250% FPL  New Medicaid limits to cover newly eligible - 138% FPL (~$20,000/year for family of two)  Medicaid currently only available to those who meet income requirement AND categorical eligibility (child under 19 years, parent or relative caregiver, elderly, disabled)  Most single and childless adults ineligible 10

11 Health Insurance Marketplace Each state will establish a health insurance marketplace where consumers can find and compare insurance plans 11

12 Health Insurance Marketplace Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition  Federal-state partnership in 2014  Intent for state-based Marketplace in 2015 – requires state legislature to pass authorizing legislation. Must include:  Establish governing board  Financing mechanism – must be self-sufficient  Additional issues:  Strong conflict-of-interest provisions  Prioritize consumers  Cost-control, quality-assurance, network adequacy

13 Health Insurance Landscape in 2014 (cont'd) Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition  1.6M Illinois residents will have access to affordable coverage  Over 1M will be eligible to use the Exchange  342,000 newly eligible for Medicaid Guaranteed issue – no more pre-existing condition exclusion or gender rating; limited age rating Benchmark essential health benefits package – will also determine coverage for "new Medicaid" – Likely to be identical to present FamilyCare coverage

14 What must be included in the Essential Health Benefits? Ambulatory Patient Services Emergency Services Hospitalization Maternity and Newborn Care Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (including Behavioral Health Treatment) Prescription Drug Coverage Rehabilitative and Habilitative Services and Devices Laboratory Services Preventive and Wellness Services Chronic Disease Management Pediatric Services, Including Oral and Vision Care Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition

15 Individual and Employer Responsibility Provisions Nearly everyone will be required to purchase health insurance starting 2014 or face a penalty – Exceptions: Individuals who would have to pay more than 9.5% of their annual income for health care, even with tax credits and subsidies Undocumented individuals Employers with >50FTEs will be required to provide affordable and adequate health insurance (many already do) – New tax credits for small businesses to help offset costs – Employers will only pay a shared responsibility fee if their uninsured employees receive tax credits or subsidies Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition

16 ACA and Immigrants  Immigrants “lawfully present” in U.S.  May buy health insurance in state exchanges  May apply for tax credits for premiums & cost- sharing reductions Are eligible for the Illinois Pre-existing Condition Plan Must buy health insurance under the individual mandate (unless unaffordable or exempt)  Undocumented Immigrants:  Unable to buy private health insurance in exchange (& ineligible for tax credits or cost-sharing reductions)  Exempt from individual mandate 16 Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition

17 Pending Illinois Policy Decisions Benchmark EHB selection – BCBS Blue Advantage Establishment of a Health Insurance Marketplace in Illinois (aka “the Exchange”) – Single-entry point, simplified screening/application process Developing a Navigator/In-Person Assistor program Ensure Illinois covers all of the newly eligible in Medicaid Implementation of Medicaid reform legislation State budget challenges - ongoing need to preserve Medicaid and related programs Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition

18 P ending Federal Policy Decisions Pending rules and regulations Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition

19 Planning Questions Existing patient payer-mix? Capacity? Medicaid delivery system changes? Partnership opportunities? Community/patient education? Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition

20 Advocacy Opportunities SB26/HB106 – Medicaid Financing Act – – AARP toll-free hotline: Governor’s Health Care Reform Implementation Council: Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services: – Public Involvement – Boards and Commissions Medicaid Advisory Council: misions/MAC/Pages/default.aspx misions/MAC/Pages/default.aspx Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition

21 What You Can Do! Connect with your legislators! Spread the word Consider becoming an ACA Ambassador Subscribe to IMCHC’s newsletter and action alert, Facebook, Twitter Download and share our factsheets and toolkit Subscribe to our podcast Invite us to present and suggest future topics Bookmark Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition

22 Additional Resources Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition

23 Questions? Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition Kathy Chan x24

24 Visualizing Health Care Reform in 2014 Who will be eligible for Medicaid in the community my pharmacy serves? Who will be eligible for subsidies in the Exchange in 2014 in the community we serve? Local Interactive Health Insurance Data by Community Area so you can answer the following questions : Grant Proposals Education & Outreach Advocacy Board Education Operational Decisions

25 Data Example Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition

26 Data Example Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition Lyons and Stickney – Cook County In 2014, 20,022 people (13% of the population) will have affordable health insurance available to them. Below are the types of coverage that will be available to them based on their income: 5,512: Newly eligible for Medicaid (income up to 138% FPL, $15,400/year for a single person) 9,565: Eligible for tax credits to help pay for private coverage on the Health Insurance Exchange (income ranging from % FPL, between $32,000 - $92,000/year for a family of four) 4,945 Ineligible for tax credits, but will have access to Exchange (incomes above 400% FPL, above $92,000/year for a family of four)

27 Data Example Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition Cook County In 2014, 855,413 people (16.4% of the population) will have affordable health insurance available to them. Below are the types of coverage that will be available to them based on their income: 330,923: Newly eligible for Medicaid (income up to 138% FPL, $15,400/year for a single person) 394,135: Eligible for tax credits to help pay for private coverage on the Health Insurance Exchange (income ranging from % FPL, between $32,000 - $92,000/year for a family of four) 130,355: Ineligible for tax credits, but will have access to Exchange (incomes above 400% FPL, above $92,000/year for a family of four)

28 Resources Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition


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