Protect Our Care Illinois Coalition:  2019 Campaign Priorities and Upcoming Coalition Call!


Protect Our Care Illinois (POC-IL) worked with our partners during the second half of 2018 to develop a 2019 proactive policy agenda that would inform crucial areas for us to collectively flex our grassroots, legislative, communications and policy muscles. Our listening tour, engagement surveys, and meetings of the proactive policy agenda work group would not have been successful without your passion and vision for healthcare in our state in 2019 - so many thanks for your involvement! This collaborative process has allowed us to explore priorities where our coalition’s strengths could have the biggest positive impact in healthcare for Illinoisans. Our campaign priorities for this year are: 

  1. Improve Medicaid Eligibility and Renewal Systems - Our state has the opportunity to be a leader in promoting health and continuity of care for all Illinoisans. By using other states’ best practices as examples, we can implement significant yet feasible reforms to improve how people across the state get enrolled and stay enrolled in Medicaid, improving their health and well-being in the process. POC-IL will work to pass reforms addressing long-standing problems within the Medicaid system that have caused millions of eligible Illinoisans to wait months to receive care or to lose care when they need it most due inefficient application and renewal (e.g. redetermination) policies. For a brief on our proposed Medicaid eligibility and renewal systems reforms, please view our recommendations document
  2. Focus on Marketplace Stabilization - Illinois faces disturbing trends in access to affordable, high quality, and equitable health care, including a reduction in 2019 enrollment into the Marketplace and an increase in the number of uninsured children and the overall uninsured in Illinois. Other states have taken successful steps to protect people with pre-existing conditions, lower health insurance costs and safeguard essential health benefits. POC-IL will work to brainstorm and implement market stabilization policies to combat the dangerous policies and pending lawsuits at the federal level. For a brief on our proposed Marketplace Stabilization reforms, please view our recommendations document.
  3. Advance efforts to explore and implement a Medicaid Buy-in Program - Allowing higher income Illinoisans to enroll in Medicaid through a buy-in program provides opportunity to control insurance costs, stabilize health insurance markets and provide consumers with more coverage options. A Medicaid Buy-In for the general public would give the Pritzker Administration a way to respond to Illinoisans’ interest in additional public coverage choices, especially when federal policymakers are unlikely to enact this type of option. As we learn more from the new administration, we will share resources and recommendations.




We are rolling up our sleeves and digging into the work of implementing our campaign priorities in 2019. Join us for a call on Wednesday, Jan 30 from 9:30 - 10:30 am to help us shape the strategy to secure these wins for Illinoisans’ healthcare. This call will be an opportunity to receive a briefing on our progress, ask questions, help formulate considerations for the campaign, and take assignment if you would like to get involved. Our goal is to get through the core agenda and updates within the first 30 minutes and close the call with conversation and questions. Please register to receive call details here. Agenda to follow.


ABOUT Protect Our Care

Protect our Care – Illinois is a statewide coalition of health care advocates, providers, consumers, and workers, working to prevent the repeal of the ACA, prevent disastrous changes to Medicaid, and protect and expand access to quality affordable health care.

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