State Partners

State Partners

Supporting a movement of state-based advocates

States have become the battleground for attacks on abortion rights, but they also present possibilities for positive change. The National Institute partners with state-based organizations to advance access to reproductive health care.

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Our State Partners in Illinois
We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.
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Current Partners

EverThrive Illinois (EverThrive) is addressing the barriers to accessing public and private insurance coverage of abortion in Illinois through administrative advocacy and public engagement. EverThrive’s recent survey on public and private coverage for abortion care in clinics resulted in an unexpectedly high number of responses from women interested in filing a complaint and sharing their stories publicly. Working with these women, EverThrive will file complaints with their plans and/or state agencies, publish a white paper on the survey results to educate stakeholders on this issue, and engage in a media campaign to highlight the importance of timely, affordable, and accessible abortion care.  EverThrive is also addressing contraceptive access in the state with support from NIRH.

EverThrive Illinois, in partnership with the University of Chicago Section of Family Planning and Contraception Research and with support from the National Institute, conducted original research in 2015 that evaluated the compliance of qualified health plans on the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace with the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate, assessed insurance coverage of abortion statewide, and reviewed explanation-of-benefit (EOB) confidentiality procedures in Medicaid managed care and private plans. Their resulting report received statewide media coverage and formed the basis of a presentation on federal requirements for contraceptive coverage for nearly 100 insurance representatives. These organizations also advocated successfully for the passage of Illinois House Bill 2812, which protects confidential communications in Medicaid Managed Care plans.

 

Building on their successful effort, supported by NIRH and All* Above All, to pass a Cook County resolution calling for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU (ACLU of IL) is engaged in a multi-year effort to restore public, private, and state employee coverage for abortion services in Illinois. The ACLU of IL is advancing HB 40, a bill that would allow a woman enrolled in Medicaid or who works for the state to get coverage for abortion, and is engaging a broad grassroots campaign in support of this effort. They are also engaging in advocacy with key officials, providers, and lawmakers to call for reform of state Medicaid policies. The ACLU of IL will be coordinating strategies with EverThrive Illinois to work toward coverage of abortion for all people in Illinois, no matter where they get their insurance.

In 2013, with the National Institute's support, the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois led efforts to pass a Cook County resolution supporting public insurance coverage for abortion care. This project was conducted in partnership with the Chicago Abortion Fund.

Past Partners

The University of Chicago Section of Family Planning and Contraception Research, in partnership with EverThrive Illinois and with support from the National Institute, conducted original research in 2015 that evaluated the compliance of qualified health plans on the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace with the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate, assessed insurance coverage of abortion statewide, and reviewed explanation-of-benefit (EOB) confidentiality procedures in Medicaid managed care and private plans. Their resulting report received statewide media coverage and formed the basis of a presentation on federal requirements for contraceptive coverage for nearly 100 insurance representatives. These organizations also advocated successfully for the passage of Illinois House Bill 2812, which protects confidential communications in Medicaid Managed Care plans.

In 2013, with the National Institute's support, the University of Chicago created and disseminated an extensive abortion access guide.

In 2012, support from the National Institute enabled the University of Chicago, Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research, to host “Examining Access to Abortion in Chicago: A Roundtable to Identify Barriers & Opportunities for Change,” which focused on the gaps in policy, provider support, and research that lead to barriers to abortion access in Chicago.

In 2014, the National Institute provided support to the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) to launch a youth-focused campaign, #StopPNA, to shift public perception about the state’s parental notification law.

In 2010, with the National Institute's support, ICAH hosted the “Young, Smart and Pregnant: Overcoming Barriers to Academic Success” forum in which participants shared their perspectives on how to better support pregnant and parenting youth in Chicago and advocated for passage of ICAH's Pregnant and Parenting Youth Bill of Rights in Chicago public schools.

In 2009, the National Institute worked with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health to co-host the Midwest Regional Summit in Chicago, bringing together advocates, elected leaders, and public health officials to discuss reproductive health challenges and opportunities for solutions.