Our Partners in Illinois

We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.

Current Partners

State partner
EverThrive Illinois

School-based health centers (SBHCs) in Illinois vary widely in their ability to provide the full range of contraception options to their patients. With assistance from NIRH, EverThrive Illinois is working to close this gap by developing a toolkit that documents how SBHCs can overcome administrative and non-clinical barriers to providing the full range of contraceptive methods, including LARC. EverThrive worked to ensure the success of the recently passed Illinois Contraceptive Coverage Act, by engaging with the Illinois Department of Insurance and private health insurance carriers to monitor compliance with the law, educated pharmacies and providers, and raised public awareness of the right to contraception under this policy. They developed a campaign to empower women who have been inappropriately denied care, or faced unnecessary delays, to file complaints with state agencies.  EverThrive also addressed abortion coverage 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.  

Past Partners

State partner
Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois

In partnership with a coalition of organizations in Illinois and with the support of NIRH and All* Above All, the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois (ACLU of IL) successfully advocated for the 2017 passage of HB40, a bill that restores abortion coverage for people who qualify for Illinois’ state medical assistance programs, including Medicaid, and for certain state employees. This year, NIRH and All* Above All are supporting the ACLU of IL as it engages in advocacy to ensure that comprehensive abortion coverage becomes a reality for every Illinois patient and provider. In 2017, the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois (ACLU of IL), as part of a coalition of organizations across the state, successfully advocated for the passage of HB 40, a bill that will remove discriminatory provisions from Illinois law that denied abortion coverage to women who depend on Medicaid and State Employee Health Insurance and affirm the right to abortion in Illinois. This victory was the result of a broad grassroots campaign and advocacy with key officials, providers, and lawmakers. 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.

State partner
University of Chicago, Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research

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.