Illinois Takes First Critical Step
Towards Comprehensive Health Coverage for Immigrant Community
The Illinois General Assembly passed a FY 2021 budget that funds comprehensive health coverage for immigrant seniors made especially vulnerable by the COVID-19 crisis.
New Campaign Director
Jesse Hoyt has departed from the organization. Graciela Guzman has taken his role.
Public Charge Panel
Thank you to Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Access Living for organizing this extremely important Public Charge Panel at the Chicagoland Immigration and Disability Summit.
The Covering All Kids Health Insurance Act covers an estimated 52,000 low-income Illinois children including undocumented children, ensuring that every child has a relationship with a doctor, receives preventive care, early diagnosis and treatment, and the best health outcomes. In 2016, the Healthy Illinois Campaign led charge to guarantee the program’s renewal to provide healthcare coverage to all children under the age of 19 in our state.
In 2019, we led the introduction of HB72: Medicaid Expansion for DACA Recipients and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) under 5 years in the Illinois legislature, with lead co-sponsor Rep. Delia C. Ramirez.
The goal of HB72 is to improve health outcomes for tens of thousands of vulnerable, low-income residents, and to increase our economic prosperity by relieving the financial burden of uncompensated care costs on uninsured individuals and healthcare providers.
In 2020, we have even more ambitious goals to expand healthcare coverage to marginalized communities in Illinois. Stay tuned for updates on the exciting plans we have in the coming months!
In March 2018, a draft was leaked of Homeland Security’s proposed rule to expand the definition of a “Public Charge”. This rule would effectively force millions of immigrant families, in Illinois and nationwide, to choose between their immigration status and access to basic needs programs like food, medical, and housing assistance.
The Healthy Illinois Campaign joined forces with statewide partners. We held, and participated in, over 35 press conferences and 45 trainings with partner organizations and legislators on “Public Charge”.
Although hundreds of thousands of public comments were submitted in opposition to the proposed rule, it was set to go into effect on October 15, 2019, only to be blocked by multiple federal courts.
The Public Charge rule is not in effect. Learn more about Public Charge.
Fair Tax With the Responsible Budget Coalition
Our current tax system benefits the wealthiest Illinoisans while placing the burden on working families, making it fundamentally unfair.
Our current tax system benefits the wealthiest Illinoisans while placing the burden on working families, making it fundamentally unfair. As a result, our state lacks the resources we need to fund vital services and programs, including health programs for our most vulnerable community members.
As an Executive Board member of the Responsible Budget Coalition, we worked with partners to successfully pass the Fair Tax Amendment in the Illinois legislature in 2019. In November 2020, Illinois voters will have the chance to vote on whether Illinois should have a fair income tax. Healthy Illinois continues to lead the push for a Fair Tax as a steering committee member of Vote Yes for Fair Tax.