Resources on health and healthcare in Illinois

Note: Most of these are not single-payer resources. They are sources of informaiton on the current state of health, health care, and health policy in Illinois--background for our work. Resources specifically dealing with single-payer are marked with an *.


Childrens' health and health care

Report from Chicago Teachers Union about nursing services in Chicago Public Schools here.

Commonwealth Fund


Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois (CBHA)


* Economics of single-payer for US and Illinois: link to video of presentation by Professor Gerald Friedman here.


Get Covered Illinois (health insurance marketplace)


Health and Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)

Description of programs and projects here


Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS)



2014 Net Patient Revenue for Chicago's 5 largest hospitals: Crain's (chart includes other data as well)

Illinois hospital closures by year here.


Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS)

  • Disability and Rehabilitation here
  • Mental Health here


Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI)

Complaints about health insurance, medical bill, etc., as recommended by Consumer Reports, June 2015 (note that Consumer Reports endorses the ACA and does not support single-payer):

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Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
  • Center for Rural Health here.
  • Final report of Adequate Health Care Task Force, 2007
  • Health professional shortage areas here. Includes links to maps of primary care, dental care, and mental health care shortage areas. Senator Richard Durbin stated in a November 21 speech on the floor of the US Senate the 81 of Illinois' 83 rural counties is a designated health professional shortage area.
  • Local health department alphabetical listing here.
  • Trauma centers by region here map (from American Trauma Society) here.
  • Illinois trauma center recommendations 2015 here.


Illinois Framework for Healthcare and Human Services

Coordination of multiple programs (including the Health Insurance Marketplace) through seven state agencies.


Illinois General Assembly Legislative Committees: all House committees; all Senate committees

House Health and Healthcare Disparities

House Health Care Availability and Accessibility

House Long-Term Care Subcommittee

Senate Subcommittee on Mental Health Issues

Senate Public Health Committee


Illinois Hospital Association

Report: "Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems State Economic Impact 2014;" 2016 report here.


Illinois Medicaid
  • Illinois Medicaid Redetermination Project here (2013).
  • Cost-sharing requirements here.
  • Statistics on enrollees in Illinois Medicaid,including by legislative district, 2015, here.
  • Report from Kaiser Family Foundation on  2015-16 changes to Medicaid in all 50 states with some state-specific data, here.
  • Medicaid and Medicaid managed care numbers numbers, Kaiser Family Foundation, here.
  • February 2017 fact sheet from the Commonwealth Fund here.
Illinois, miscellaneous
  • Illinois Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force, Interim Report, October 2017


Illinois Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA)

Follow menu link to find Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) throughout Illinois. More than 50 Illinois counties do not have any FQHCs; map here.


Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA)


Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies report

Place Matters for Health in Cook County: complete report here; English-languate summary here; Spanish-language summary here.


Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts for Illinois 


Long term care

HMPRG Center for Long-Term Care Reform

Illinois HFS


Mental health
  • Illinois Mental Health 2013-2018 Strategic Plan
  • NAMI Chicago (www.namichicago.comwhite paper on mental health services in Illinois, May 2015. 
  • See also Illinois Department of Human Services
  • August 2015 report from Illinois Department of Public Health, "Mental Health Hospitalizations Among Women of Reproductive Age"
  • Report of state-by-state data on serious thoughts of suicide amone young adults 2103 to 2014.
  • Illinois psychiatry beds 2010 and 2016, from Pew Charitable Trust, here


Migrant farm workers

Community Health Partnership of Illinois

Military and veterans

The Soldiers Project Chicago (mental and other health care not covered by VA;  for active duty, AWOL, and veteran personnel and their families)

Search on website for "veterans' health care" for current articles


Occupational Safety and Health

AFL-CIO report, "Death on the Job: The toll of neglect," 2016, is available here;  state comparisons p. 131, Illinois state profile p. 176 and posted here; Executive Summary for 2016 posted here.

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission here.

Oral Health 

The Burden of Oral Disease in Chicago; Fall 2011; by the Chicago Community Oral Health Forum.

The Chicago Community Oral Health Forum (CCOHF) is a program of the Heartland Alliance. The organization's name was changed to The Oral Health Forum in 2015.

Health Smiles Health Growth 2013-2014 report released May 2015, here; assessed oral health and body mass index of Illinois third graders. 

Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Oral Health

Illinoiis Oral Health Plan II (IFLOSS)

See "Addressing Rural Health Disparities in Illinois" under "Rural health and health care."

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Implementation

Health Management Associates report, "Illinois Exchange Operational and Needs Assessment," 126 pages, 2011, here.


People with Disabilities

State Ombudsman program explained, with phone numbers (includes seniors).

Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL)

Medigap policies for people under age 65, from the Illinois Department of Insurance here. (Laws on availability and cost vary by state.)

2016 state rankings of inclusion of people wth intellectual and development disabilities here, from United Cerebral Palsy.


Pew Charitable Trusts

State Trends and Analysis 2017 here. Information by state that includes health care costs here (you can click on retiree health care costs). State retiree health plan spending May 2016 here

Public health, other
  • Search on website for "public health" for current articles
  • Chicago Physicians for Social Responsibility (Chicago PSR)
  • Collaborative for Health Equity (CHE) Cook County
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2015 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance, including some data by state and by metro region, here.
  • Cook County Climate Change and Public Health Action Plan
  • Illinois climate change health threats, from the Natural Resources Defense Council
  • United Health Foundation report America's Health Rankings: Illinois, 2015.
  • Article on erosion of economic safety net here.
  • Chicago Health Atlas, Chicago Department of Public Health, 2017, here
  • Centers for Disease Control data on infant mortality by state, 2015 here
  • Chicago Health Disparities Center here


Reports, miscellanenous
  • Report on Illinois poverty from Social Impact Research Center: excerpts and link (January 2015)
  • Racism's Toll: Report on Illinois Poverty; from Social Impact Research Center, February 2016; includes county level data including uninsurance; key findings here.
  • Social determinants of health: US poverty and certain public benefits by state here, 2016.
  • Estimated uninsured in Illinois after ACA implementation
  • From ofice of Senator Dick Durbin, an early 2017 report on the impact of the American Health Care Act; includes baseline statistics on insurance coverage by Congressional district


Reproductive health care

Report on access to abortion in Cook County and Illinois, published by the Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF) and American Civil Liberties Union. CAF reported on June 27, 2015, that the Cook County Board of Commissioners had passed an Abortion Access Resolution.


Rural health and health care
  • See also under Department of Public Health, Illinois Rural Health Association, Migrant farm workers
  • Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
  • Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN)
  • The National Farmers' Union, which is on record as supporting single-payer, has an office in Altamont, Illinois. 
  • Report "Addressing Rural Health Disparities in Illinois" from University of Illinois School of Public Health 2006.
  • Search on this website for "rural health care."


Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI)
  • Mission To serve as a leading urban health research institute for eliminating health disparities and working towards health equity
  • Publishes numerous studies on health disparities


State report on Medicare, Medicaid, and social security

Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid Work for Illinois: one of 50 state reports issued 2012 by Strengthen Social Security. Also available here in Spanish.


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