The passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 brought about many changes to the Illinois health coverage landscape, including the creation of the health insurance marketplace in 2013 and the expansion of Medicaid in 2014. Enrollment assister programs were created to help Illinoisans navigate these new health coverage systems and get people enrolled.
In 2012, preparing for the changes to come, the Chicagoland enrollment assistance and health advocacy communities came together to form the Chicago Affordable Care Act Consortium, chaired by Graciela Guzman, with the goal of coordinating outreach and enrollment efforts in the region.
Responding to an identified need for unified high-level messaging, Inna Rubin convened diverse stakeholders across multiple sectors to form the Chicago Coalition for Outreach and Enrollment in 2014.
In the summer of 2016, the two groups transitioned from working in concert to working as one by merging into the Illinois Coalition for Health Access (ICHA), chaired by Inna Rubin.
ICHA’s goals include advocacy around health access, utilization of data to identify communities of high need, coordination of enrollment sites and outreach events, unification of messaging among stakeholders, and expanding the enrollment assister workforce.
ICHA's membership is expansive, spanning social service providers, enrollment assister agencies, advocacy organizations, healthcare providers, and local and state government officials, all rallying around one goal: increasing access to health care in Illinois.