Research and Policy
Crisis in the Shadows: Medical Debt in Illinois
March 21, 2023
ICIRR, Legal Council for Health Justice, and Community Catalyst have released a report, Crisis in the Shadows: Medical Debt in Illinois. The report discusses the impact of medical debt.… Continue
Overcoming Barriers and Empowering Communities: The Immigrant Health Academy
October 20, 2021
ICIRR and the Center for Community Health Equity at DePaul University released the report, Overcoming Barriers and Empowering Communities: The Immigrant Health Academy.… Continue
Undocumented Donors: How Driver's Licenses can Help Solve the U.S. Organ Shortage
October 19, 2021
In 2013, Illinois enacted a new law (SB 957) to allow undocumented motorists to acquire Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses (TVDLs). We explored the impact of this legislation on organ donor registration in the state… Continue
Affordable Care Act Implementation in Illinois: Overcoming Barriers to Immigrant Health Care Access
September 7, 2018
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law by President Obama in 2010, requires states to participate in or set up health care exchanges by October 1, 2013. These health care exchanges serve as a marketplace for individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance, including many individuals who have never had insurance, such as immigrants. Illinois plans to establish a partnership exchange in which the State will divide the responsibilities with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Affordable Care Act (ACA): A Reflection on Immigrant Access in Illinois
September 7, 2018
The Affordable Care Act (ACA): A Reflection on Immigrant Access in Illinois provides awareness of enrollment issues immigrants and refugees faced in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace (also referred to as the Marketplace) during the first “open enrollment.” Its focus is on lessons learned through the first year of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights’ (ICIRR) In-Person Counselor program. In July 2013, as part of the In-Person Counselor Program (IPC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) awarded ICIRR $1.25 million to provide outreach and enrollment in the Marketplace and Adult Medicaid for immigrant and refugee families. ICIRR created a network of 29 ethnic community- based organizations across Illinois dedicated to enrolling eligible uninsured immigrants and refugees.
Illinois’ Undocumented Immigrant Population: A Summary of Recent Research by Rob Paral and Associates
February 1, 2014
This report details where Illinois' undocumented immigrants live, their household composition, and other important characteristics.