Campaign for Better Health Care Events Commemorate Opening of IL Health Insurance Marketplace Print
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Written by Campaign for Better Health Care   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 13:23
Oct 1 marks the opening of enrollment through the new Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace, a major provision of the Affordable Care Act.  The Campaign for Better Health Care will host a series of media events across the state that day to explain the benefits of the law and introduce local small business owners and individuals who will be enjoying newfound access to health care through the Marketplace, because the Affordable Care Act eliminates the barriers to coverage they have faced previously.
9AM  Champaign-Urbana
Location:  Milo's Restaurant - 2870 S Philo Rd., Urbana, IL 61802 ( map)
- Mayor Gerard
- Mayor Prussing
- County Board member Mike Richards
- Health care consumer Jane Anderson
- Health care consumer Abby Bott
Site contact:  Robert Porter (217.819.6993)
10AM  Peoria
Location:  Gregg Florist - 1015 E War Memorial Drive, Peoria Heights, IL 61614 ( map)
- Larry Ivory, President, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce
- Diana Scott, Public Information Officer, Peoria City County Health Department
- Small business owner Dan Callahan, Gregg Florist
Site contact:  Joyce Harant (309.648.3035)

2PM  Quad Cities
Location:  Genesis Health System, East Campus, 1227 E. Rusholme St., Davenport, IA ( map)
- Small business owner George Barajas, Old Mexico Restaurant
- Community Health Centers, Genesis Health System
- Casa Guanajuato
- Project NOW
- Illinois-Iowa Center for Independent Living
- Joyce Harant, Project Director, Small Business Health Care Consortium
Site contact:  Joyce Harant (309.648.3035)
3PM  Statewide telebriefing for media
Please register here to receive call in information.
- Rev. Larry Greenfield, Executive Minister, American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago and Chair of the CBHC Faith Caucus Steering Committee
- Larry Ivory, President, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce
- Susan Swart, Executive Director, American Nurses Association Illinois (ANA-IL)
- Dr. Carrie Nelson, President, Illinois Academy of Family Physicians
- Jim Duffett, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Health Care
- Small business owner Sharon Hoyer, Dill Pickle Food Co-op, Chicago
- Health care consumer Norma Herrera
- Health care consumer Abby Bott
6:15PM  Evanston
Location: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201 ( map)
- Bishop Wayne Miller, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Dr. Gary Gunderson, VP Faith and Health Ministries, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
- President Elect Lallene Rector, Garrett Seminary
- Dr. Pam Holliman, Garrett Seminary
- State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-18)
- State Senator Daniel Biss (D-9)
- Health care consumer Tim Porter
Site contact: Jessica Palys (224.622.3223)

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About Campaign for Better Health Care
We believe that accessible, affordable, quality health care is a basic human right for all people.  The Campaign for Better Health Care is the state's largest coalition representing over 300 diverse organizations, organizing to help create and advocate for an accessible, quality health care system for all.  For more information, visit

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