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CCHCC has Medicare Open Enrollment resources!

The Medicare Open Enrollment period for Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans has begun! Medicare Open Enrollment is from October 15 through December 7, 2019 for 2020 coverage.

Do you, or someone you know, need help with Medicare Open Enrollment, signing up for Medicare, or getting financial assistance to make Medicare affordable?

Many people find Medicare confusing. Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) is here to help! Check out our resources below, and/or contact us to schedule an appointment to get help (our services are free): call 217-352-6533 and ask to schedule an appointment, or email us at cchcc@cchcc-il.org.

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New Fact Chat video on State’s Medicaid problems

July 3, 2019

We recently updated you on the problems that are plaguing the IL Medicaid system, and SNAP (food stamps) program, thanks to a glitchy program that Illinois purchased from Deloitte, and also thanks to understaffing of caseworkers in the IL Department of Human Services.

Please check out our newest Fact Chat video, in which CCHCC’s Client Services Coordinator, Adani Sanchez, and our Executive Director, Claudia Lennhoff, discuss this problem and its impact on consumers and our organization.

For more information on this issue, you can visit CCHCC’s webpage on the Medicaid backlog.

Coming soon!
As we continue to work on this issue, we will keep you updated. Our co-worker, Ashley Buckley, has been doing deep research into this issue and how this situation came about, and what other states have experienced (hint: Illinois is not alone in its problems with Deloitte’s system). We will post that research soon. We’ll let you know when it is available.

Sincerely,

Claudia Lennhoff
Executive Director
Champaign County Health Care Consumers

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Take action TODAY for legislation to lower prescription drug prices!

llinois patients and seniors need your help to lower prescription drugs. Drug companies are making huge profits by hiking up the prices on prescription drug

A recent poll showed that in Illinois, 27% of families said they had skipped filling a prescription in the last year because of the high costs of prescriptions.

In Illinois, we have an unprecedented opportunity to pass legislation that would create greater oversight and transparency on drugs, and that would help reduce the cost of drugs.
 
That is why CCHCC is joining the fight for affordable prescription drugs.

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Take Action to support lower drug prices! Join Carolers on Wednesday at Rep. Davis’s office

December 10, 2019

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. H.R. 3 is a bold step toward reducing the high prices of prescription drugs through Medicare negotiation.

President Donald Trump is opposing the bill, breaking his campaign promise to deliver lower drug prices. In order to get H. R. 3 passed, we need overwhelming support from our Representatives. We need your help!

To learn more about H. R. 3, please read the details of the bill, following the Take Action section in this email.

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Only 7 days left for ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment!

December 9, 2019

This is a reminder from Champaign County Health Care Consumers to let you know that there are only 7 days left for ACA Marketplace health insurance Open Enrollment!
 
Despite multiple efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the ACA is still the law of the land and Open Enrollment for Marketplace health insurance plans ends on December 15, 2019.

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