Data Matters was created to help ensure that nonpartisan, trusted healthcare delivery and health reform information on Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area were available to all as the state moved to Affordable Care Act implementation and launch of the insurance marketplace. We felt that accurate data accessible, meaningful formats was essential to those helping Illinois residents get covered, and to understanding public policy at the state and federal level going forward. Data Matters is an initiative of Smart Policy Works (formerly Health & Disability Advocates), a Chicago-based nonprofit with a national agenda. SPW has a 25-year history of changing policies to improve the lives of people in need by training, connecting, and empowering those who serve them.

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