News - Health Reform Initiative

As November 1 approaches, find out what you need to know and share with your networks with these message and talking points on Open Enrollment 5 and what the adminstrative changes mean for the Marketplace.

Now accepting resumes for Reproductive Justice Manager. EverThrive IL, through the Health Reform Initiative, has received funding to improve reproductive health outcomes for women and adolescent girls in Chicago, and across Illinois by increasing access to and utilization of contraception. The work will directly address the cause of disparities in reproductive health outcomes driven by race, income, place, and age. 

EverThrive IL and more than 50 partnering organizations have signed onto a letter sent to the Illinois Congressional Delegation, urging them to continue bi-partisan support and pass a clean, five-year extension on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Funding. An estimated 325,000 Illinois children are currently enrolled in CHIP. 


Read the full letter here.

Thank you to all who joined us last week in Chicago for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Luncheon.

EverThrive IL is thrilled to welcome Kaylan Szafranski as Health Reform Initiative Manager. Kaylan has an extensive background in early childhood development, in both policy and advocacy. Find Kaylan's full background and meet our other staff here.

Today, the U.S House of Representatives voted 217-213 to approve the American Health Care Act, which repeals portions of the Affordable Care Act and fundamentally, permanently, and devastatingly alters the Medicaid program. EverThrive Illinois is deeply disappointed by this action, including the decision of the seven GOP members from the Illinois Congressional Delegation to support this bill.

The AHCA, should it be approved by the Senate, will have a particularly drastic and negative impact on women and children in Illinois and across the country:


Protect Our Care Illinois Applauds the Delay of the American Health Care Act Vote

In a sign that the campaign to preserve affordable, accessible health care for all Americans is reverberating in Washington, the House of Representatives has delayed a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a plan that would eliminate medical coverage for 24 million Americans.  We hope that leaders in Congress will rethink this dangerous approach to reforming our health care system.

EverThrive IL is now accepting nominations  for the Loretta P. Lacey Community Advocate, Researcher, and the Garry Gardner Health Care Provider Awards! Awardees will be recognized at the 2017 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 13. Find out more here and submit your nomination here.

Health coverage for over 1 million Illinoisans is at stake and we need you to speak out for all the progress we have made. Call the Governor at 312-814-2121 (Chicago) OR 217-782-0244 (Springfield) TODAY and let him know what health care means to you and your community!

As the Department of Insurance moves to close Land of Lincoln Health, EverThrive IL has joined with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Patient Innovation Center and other community partners to help affected individuals and families. 

Find answers to your questions and additional resources here.


EverThrive IL, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU led an effort this session to pass HB5576 -the Illinois Contraceptive Coverage Act. The bill was recently sent to the Governor and we would like your help in urging the Governor to sign this important legislation.

In a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States has found state laws which needlessly restrict abortion providers to be unconstitutional in their ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

Last week both HB5576 and HB6213 passed out of the Illinois House and will move on to the state Senate for both. Find the latest updates and more information on both measures here.

EverThrive IL is launching a new survey to better understand health literacy needs across the the state and programs already making a difference. Respondents will be entered into a drawing for one of two Amazon $25 gift cards. Complete the survey by April 15, and please help spread the word about this survey by sharing with your partner organizations!

A comprehensive contraception bill spearheaded by EverThrive IL passed out of committtee yesterday. Find out more and read updates on other spring legislative efforts in the latest state policy memo.

Registration is now open for Innovate, Collaborate, & Elevate: a Maternal & Child Health Conference. Find more information, a full conference schedule, and register today here!

The latest webinar from Starting Strong for Community Health! is focused on tax season. Learn tips and tools designed for enrollment assisters, and get answers to your burning ACA and tax related questions. Find out more and register here.

EverThrive IL is now accepting nominations for the Loretta P. Lacey Community Adovcate, Researcher, and the Garry Gardner Health Care Provider Awards. Three outstanding public health professionals will be acknowledged at the 2016 Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Find more information and the nomination form here, submissions are due by Friday, February 26.

EverThrive IL is still accepting applications for sponsorship and exhibitors for the 2016 MCH Conference to be held April 20-21 in Oak Lawn, IL. Please submit applications and payment to the EverThrive IL Main Office by Thursday, February 11.

Find exhibitor information and form here.

EverThrive IL saw a lot of change and celebrated many victories in 2015. View the full report here, and become a member today to help us continue our work advocating for families across the state!

EverThrive IL is now accepting abstract submissions for the 2016 Maternal and Child Health Conference held April 20-21, 2016. Find more information here, deadline for submissions is Friday, January 8th.

Join EverThrive IL for our last quarterly chapter meetings of 2015 as we kick off the Open Enrollment period. Find more information and register today!

House Bill 2731, House Amendment 1 has been signed into law by Governor Rauner. The Medicaid Managed Care Transparency Act strengthens transparency and helps government function better and makes it less vulnerable to crises. 


Three EverThrive IL sponsored bills and a supported bill have made it through the State Senate and House and are on their way to Governor Rauner's desk this legislative session.

Click on the links below for information on each bill. Thanks to all our partnering advocates, stakeholders, and legislators who supported these measures and were essential to their success. 


Illinois hospitals, health care groups oppose Rauner's cuts to managed care
EverThrive IL Board member, Elyse Forkosh Cutler featured.
Read the full article on the Crain's Chicago website»

Two-thirds of Illinois voters marked “Yes” for insurance coverage of birth control on Tuesday’s ballot. "Illinois voters sent an overwhelming and resounding message when it comes to birth control coverage in health insurance… It’s not your boss’ business!" Read Planned Parenthood Illinois Action’s press release here.

New health plans (including all the private plans being offered in the health marketplaces) are supposed to be covering all FDA-approved methods of contraception without charging us co-pays. But compliance with this requirement has been uneven. EverThrive Illinois’ Alicia Siani discussed how we can hold insurers accountable by ensuring compliance with the ACA’s requirements for contraceptive coverage at the Raising Women’s Voices national convening in October 2014.

EverThrive Illinois joined with the University of Chicago Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research to host an Illinois Contraceptive Equity Summit on August 20, 2014. Guest speaker Julie Hamos, Director of IDPH unveiled a proposal that will increase health providers’ reimbursement for providing family planning to Medicaid patients, especially IUDS and vasectomies.

Numerous Affordable Care Act provisions specifically benefit women, including the guarantee of maternity coverage. An Evanston resident shares her story of how the ACA helped her get coverage and opened up the possibility of having a baby now that pregnancy and childbirth related costs must be covered. EverThrive Illinois’ Kathy Waligora is quoted on just how big a win the ACA is for Illinois’ women.

The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families found that Illinois saw a decrease of slightly more than 1 percent in the number of uninsured children in the state from 2010 to 2012. EverThrive Illinois’ Kathy Waligora is quoted speaking on the important role that the All Kids program has on making Illinois a leader in providing low-income children with health coverage. With an estimated 100,000 children still uninsured in Illinois, we must continue our commitment, particularly in low-income urban communities.

With the main parts of the Affordable Care Act in effect, Illinois PIRG Education Fund launched a statewide education campaign to reach students and help them find the right coverage. EverThrive Illinois’ Kathy Waligora speaks on the importance of getting young people involved in their health insurance early in life to establish healthy habits and a healthier future. Read more here

This week’s Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case was a step back for women’s health across the country. As a boss, I firmly believe that a woman’s health care decisions should be made in the doctor’s office and not in the workplace or courtroom.