Organizations with strong community ties like the Lawndale Christian Health Center stand to be better able to serve their patients once many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act become mandatory. Already stressing preventive care and a coordinated approach to patient management, including long-term monitoring of chronic problems such as heart disease and diabetes, Lawndale Christian Health Center is expanding its efforts with a new facility and a continuing investment in an underserved Chicago neighborhood.
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A long-time advocate for affordable health care for low income families, Senator Donne Trotter has been instrumental in including programs such as FamilyCare in a shrinking Illinois budget. The popular touch of state policymakers like Senator Trotter, who has served Chicago's 17th District for more that 20 years, is essential to communicating to the public the impending benefits of President Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act. In association with Representatives Constance Howard and Marlow Colvin, Senator Trotter reaches out through health fairs and block meetings to educate his constituents about upcoming developments in the law that will help keep families healthy.
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A Chicago soul food landmark for over 40 years, Edna's Restaurant in West Garfield Park had both a loyal customer base and a staff to match, weathering a temporary closure in 2010 after the death of its founder. Now called Ruby's Restaurant, new owner Henry Henderson and long-time manager Lillie Joiner debate their choices in trying to find health-care coverage for their employees. The Affordable Care Act already provides many such establishments with tax credits for health care coverage, and by 2014, a new marketplace will ensure Illinois small businesses have quality, affordable coverage options.
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Uninsured until the birth of his child six months ago, Henry Edwards negotiated both the symptoms of chronic asthma and the high cost of purchasing medicine to treat it. Parenthood qualified him for Family Care, a public aid program. After 2014, the Affordable Care Act will strengthen his family's tenuous hold on health care, by formally prohibiting the exclusion of pre-existing conditions, and by providing subsidies for purchasing private insurance.
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