Illinois Health Matters Sizes Up the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Through New Multimedia Series Focused on Key Chicago Neighborhoods

Illinois Health Matters, a website that provides expert resources and information around national health care reform in Illinois, today launched a multimedia series aimed at helping individuals and small businesses in key Chicago neighborhoods better understand and be prepared for the implications of the new health care law and the state’s health insurance marketplace (also known as a health insurance exchange).

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will have a tremendous impact on the livelihoods of those living and working in many of Chicago’s traditionally underserved neighborhoods, including the South and West sides. “When we look at certain neighborhoods in Chicago, so many people and small business owners there don’t have access to practical information about how health care reform will deeply and directly support their families and their businesses,” says Stephani Becker, senior policy analyst and project director at Health & Disability Advocates, the Chicago-based nonprofit organization that powers the Illinois Health Matters website on behalf of a collaboration of health policy and community-based organizations.

“With our new videos and stories, we want to evangelize health care in these critical areas, to provide real-life stories that illustrate the new choices and opportunities that the Affordable Care Act makes available to them,” Becker says. Such opportunities include: More than 2.5 million Illinoisans under the age of 65 who have a pre-existing condition will be guaranteed access to health care in 2014 More than 160,000 small businesses in Illinois are now eligible for small business tax credits to provide health care to their employees A new health insurance exchange marketplace will let individuals and employees of small businesses in Illinois shop and compare a range of affordable health insurance choices.

The first installment of the video series illustrates the plight of Henry Edwards, a new father living in Garfield Park who struggles with paying out of pocket for medication to control chronic asthma. Also featured is Ruby’s Restaurant in West Garfield Park, where owner Henry Henderson and long-time manager Lillie Joiner discuss their choices in trying to find health-care coverage for their employees.

“The Affordable Care Act and the new health insurance exchange will give Illinois consumers more control, quality choices, and better protections when purchasing insurance. That’s why it’s so important for us to put forward this resource to help individuals and small businesses better understand how health reform will impact them,” adds Barbara Otto, CEO of Health & Disability Advocates and a member of President Obama’s National Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health.

The videos will be showcased in a new section of the Illinois Health Matters website, “Neighborhood Stories.” Also featured are articles that share how community organizations, including Health & Disability Advocates, local Chambers of Commerce and others are educating and informing underserved groups about their health care coverage options under the new law. The multimedia series is part of the Local Reporting Initiative that’s supported in part by The Chicago Community Trust.

About Illinois Health Matters

Illinois Health Matters is a one-stop resource for information on national health care reform in Illinois, and provides clear, expert information around the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as commentaries, resources and a blog for individuals, small businesses, community organizations, media and policymakers. Funding for Illinois Health Matters is generously provided by lead donor, The Chicago Community Trust and managed by Health & Disability Advocates in partnership with a collaborative of Illinois health policy and community-based organizations: AARP of Illinois, AgeOptions, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Campaign for Better Health Care, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition, Illinois PIRG Education Fund, and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

 

National eHealth Innovation Series with Health 2.0, to Kick Off with the New England Summit on October 27th at MA Medical Society

National eHealth Innovation Series with Health 2.0, to Kick Off with the New England Summit on October 27th at MA Medical Society











eHealth Innovation Summit


(PRWEB) August 19, 2011

The National eHealth Innovation Series is excited to announce its inaugural event, New England Summit, will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods (http://www.conferencecenteratwalthamwoods.com), part of the state-of-the-art headquarters of the Massachusetts Medical Society.  Event organizer ARRAHealth is also thrilled to announce that Health 2.0, a leader in health innovation conferences, media, and technology is joining the event as the lead co-sponsor.

“With a world class Advisory Board, venue and partners like Health 2.0, the New England Summit is poised for great success,” said Mark Stevens, CEO of ARRAHealth.  Jean Luc Neptune, Senior Vice President of Health 2.0 agreed, saying “Health 2.0 is excited to participate in and support this first of its kind joint effort to accelerate eHealth innovation and adoption nationwide.” Health 2.0 recently received a multi-million contract from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to conduct health IT innovation competitions around the country.  Learn more about Health 2.0 visit: http://health2con.

The National eHealth Innovation Series/New England Summit represents the first in a planned series of regional summits bringing together cutting-edge health care providers and payors with innovative early-stage health care information technology companies to showcase and accelerate eHealth innovation across the nation.  The New England Summit will pair an eHealth Innovation Open, which seeks through competition to recognize and award outstanding new health information technology (IT) solutions, with speed-dating sessions matching top innovative health care and solution providers. 

Why is innovation and entrepreneurship important?  According to Wil Yu, Special Assistant for Innovation at the ONC, “the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is directly supporting innovation in health IT to accelerate the nation’s progress toward a 1 of 2 high-performing, adaptive health care system.” Scott Case, CEO of the Obama administration’s new StartUp America Partnership, agreed, noting that “driving American entrepreneurship is critical to creating jobs and sustaining our nation’s global leadership.”  The eHealth Innovations Series/New England Summit is in line with and supports the objectives of the Office of the ONC, its programs and initiatives, including the StartUp America Partnership, announced by the White House in February which seeks to encourage investments in new technologies and businesses through efforts such as the creation of Innovation Exchanges.  For more information, please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/startup-america-public or http://www.hhs.gov/open/initiatives/startupamerica/index.html.

The eHealth Innovation Series/New England Summit is now seeking the participation of Hospitals and Healthcare Provider Organizations and Payors from across New England plus Innovative eHealth Start-Ups from across the country, along with the support of industry partners & sponsors.  The New England Summit through Health 2.0 will solicit applications from health IT entrepreneurs nationwide and, with the assistance of a world-class Advisory Board, match ten (10) finalists with ten regional (10) providers and payors for a series of educational and match-making sessions with the end goal of standing up a minimum of a dozen (12) new eHealth innovation pilots across the six states which make up New England – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.  A limited number of tickets will be made available to the public to participate in this historic event.  Future innovation event locations & dates may include:  Atlanta/Jan ’12; Las Vegas/Feb ’12; Chicago/May ’12; San Francisco/Sept ’12 and Washington, DC/Dec ’12.  For more information regarding the New England Summit, including an event agenda, event ticketing and how payors, providers and entrepreneurs can participate, please visit us at: http://www.ehealthinnovationseries.com or contact Mark Stevens at mstevens(at)ehealthinnovationseries(dot)com.   

About Health 2.0

Health 2.0: The conference. The media network. The Innovation Community. The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge technologies in health care, including Online Communities, Search and lightweight Tools for consumers to manage their health and connect to providers online. The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge is a series of prize competitions promoting health technology innovation. Health 2.0 also has its own media channels, Health 2.0 News and Health 2.0 TV; its own market intelligence service, Health 2.0Advisors; and also sponsors the Health 2.0 Accelerator industry consortium. Health 2.0 was founded by Indu Subaiya & Matthew Holt in 2007 and is now a community of hundreds of organizations and thousands of innovators.Learn more about Health 2.0 visit: http://health2con.

About ARRAHealth

ARRAHealth is a healthcare information technology consulting, events planning and professional services and systems integrator organization with deep and broad industry/domain knowledge and contacts, a passion for innovation and collaboration and a commitment to providing outstanding client service and cost-effective, uncompromising results.  ARRAHealth’s mission is to improve the health of the average patient and their families through the identification and development of health information technology, as well as strategies to facilitate its optimal use. ARRAHealth will develop and deploy strategies, solutions and services to enable various care coordination models by collaborating with providers, payers, public entities and patients to improve care delivery, outcomes and efficiency.

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