Heartland Alliance advocates for affordable, quality health care for all. We lift up effective approaches to serving marginalized populations, including those experiencing homelessness, people living with mental health or substance use disorders, immigrants and refugees, and other underserved communities. We base our advocacy work on direct experience providing health services through our community health centers programs, supportive housing programs, community-based outreach, and innovative treatment and prevention programs. By leveraging this experience and working with a broad range of partners and grassroots organizations, Heartland Alliance will continue to champion a health care system that works for all of us.

Heartland Alliance also helps lead <Protect Our Care Illinois www.protectourcareil.org>, a statewide coalition that came together to combat efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and undermine the Medicaid program. 

Our Health Care Policy Priorities:

  • Ensure that all individuals, regardless of characteristics, can access health care services and that no one faces financial hardship simply for seeking needed care.
  • Provide the full range of health care services to everyone, from preventative and specialty care substance use disorder treatment and comprehensive mental health services.
  • Promote innovative, evidence-based, and trauma-informed approaches to health care services.
  • Reduce the barriers, burdens, and complexities of receiving health coverage and care.
  • Address the social determinants of health such as housing instability, food insecurity, income insecurity, and social disconnectedness.

Sign Up for Health Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare):

  • Wondering what you’re eligible for under the ACA (Obamacare)? If you’re in Illinois, visit www.getcoveredillinois.gov, otherwise visit www.healthcare.gov.
  • Sign up for Illinois Medicaid and other state benefits here.
  • Learn more about Medicaid managed care in Illinois and pick a plan here.
  • Watch this video to learn more about the ACA and health insurance 

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