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Health Care Delivery in Illinois

While data abound on the national effects of low access to health insurance and other weaknesses of our health care system, Illinois-specific data is scarce, and doubly so at a sub-state level of granularity.

At IHM, we believe that consulting the data is often the best way to understand the effects of public policy measures, of stalemates such as the 2015-16 Illinois budget crisis, and of state-specific enactments, such as Medicaid expansion or the Illinois Medicaid Redetermination Project.

Illinois country road

Uninsured and the ACA

Prior to implementation of the ACA in 2014, nearly 1 out of every 7 working age adults in Illinois lacked health insurance despite the fact that the majority of them are working full time. Slightly more than 40% of Illinois' 1.2 million eligible uninsured residents were enrolled by April 2014: 287,000 in Medicaid and 217,000 in the Marketplace. Data can help us all understand who the uninsured are, where are they live and work, to help us connect them to coverage and bring Illinois closer to ensuring healthcare for all.

Martketplace enrollment, 2015 Martketplace enrollment, 2015

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