The Affordable Care Act (ACA) at UI Health 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is often described in relation to the Triple Aim: better care and better health outcomes at lower costs. Beyond the health insurance expansion provided by the ACA, the law also includes programs, funding and guidance on how we expect to transform how we deliver and pay for healthcare well into the future.

The VCHA Health Policy and Strategy team has provided internal expertise on provisions in the ACA and their impact on our providers and patients, and worked directly with our state and federal governments to influence policy decisions. In addition, we have led or co-led the following initiatives:

ACA Health Insurance Enrollment Initiative

The ACA created new health insurance options through the expansion of Medicaid and the creation of a Health Insurance Marketplace. As part of UI Health’s mission to promote health equity and improve the health of our communities, we are committed to helping the uninsured patients and community members in UI Health’s primary service area obtain healthcare coverage .

UI Health is an approved Certified Application Counselor (CAC) organization by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This means that a group of our staff are trained and government certified to provide in-person assistance to applicants enrolling in health insurance coverage through the expanded Illinois Medicaid program and the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Our Certified Application Counselors (CACs) can answer your questions over the phone, by email, or you can schedule an appointment to get help in-person.

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

UI Health is committed to serving our community and the people  of Illinois, particularly in serving as a national model for our pursuit of the elimination of health disparities. By conducting a CHNA every three years, we have the opportunity to systematically evaluate the needs in our community and define an implementation plan for addressing the highest priority needs. We believe that our focused efforts can begin to reduce the disparities that exist and address many of our residents’ unmet needs.

UI Health’s 2016 Community Assessment of Health Needs (UI-CAN) is now available.

Office contact: Anna Wojcik