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Affordable Care Act

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, our country is in a time of great transition around health care.  People looking for trusted sources of information about what they should do if they need health care insurance may turn to their faith communities or faith leaders for answers. Here are some resources that may be helpful.

Health Insurance Explained: The YouToons Have it Covered

This five-minute cartoon video explains health insurance using fun, easy-to-understand scenarios. It breaks down concepts such as premiums, deductibles and provider networks and explains how individuals pay for coverage and obtain medical care and prescription drugs when enrolled in various types of health insurance, including HMOs and PPOs. It’s a great education piece to show as part of an educational program or conversation around health care.

Campaign for Better Health Care–Faith Caucus

CBHC has a strong faith caucus working on health care justice and access.  Visit their site to join the caucus, sign on for conference calls and email alerts, and for tools such as the Healthcare Sabbath Toolkit and the Make a Joyful Noise Toolkit.

Is Health Care Coverage Really Over? FAQ Sheet

Get Covered Illinois

Sign up for health care coverage on this site or connect with a navigator who can walk you through the process. This site is an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to enroll in health care insurance.

This is the national website for health care enrollment.

Illinois Health Matters

Illinois Health Matters is a great source for information on health reform and how it affects our communities.

Kaiser Family Foundation

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation: Health Reform Source offers a wide range of information on health care reform– research, public opinion, analysis, statistics.  Check out their animated video that explains the Affordable Care Act health care reform legislation in simple, easy to understand terms.

A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.