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How Are Immigrants Affected by the Affordable Care Act?

This webinar covered how immigration status affects the ability to participate in some of the Affordable Care Act's benefits. Speakers also discussed important insurance market reforms, the Health Insurance Exchange, and the new Medicaid eligibility category. This webinar was presented by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law on October 30, 2011.


Luvia Quinones
Luvia Quiñones
Director, Immigrant Family Resource Program
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights

Luvia Quiñones serves as the Director of the Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP) at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). Prior to joining ICIRR, Luvia worked at City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) under the Community Relations Department. There she played an integral role in creating and launching the new department. Prior to working at CCC, she oversaw the first state-funded citizenship program at ICIRR, the New Americans Imitative. Luvia has a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Chicago and a BA in International Studies from DePaul University.  She is the daughter of Mexican Immigrants from Durango, Mexico and is an active community member in her parish, St. Sylvester. Currently, she serves as a board member on both Centro Romero’s and West Suburban Action Project (P.A.S.O.) board.

Kathy Chan
Kathy Chan
Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition

Kathy Chan provides leadership on advocacy efforts, as well as policy analysis for IMCHC and its four projects. From 2002-2006, Kathy worked at IMCHC on Covering Kids and Families, where she built statewide and local coalitions and created and implemented strategies to help families more easily access public health insurance programs. Her efforts helped Illinois gain recognition as a national leader in enrollment. To date, over 2.8 million parents and children in Illinois have public insurance coverage. Kathy worked briefly in state government with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, where she assisted with strategic enrollment efforts and the implementation of All Kids. She currently serves as board chair of IFLOSS, a statewide organization working to improve the oral health status of residents and remains an active volunteer with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago. Kathy graduated with a BA in English from Northwestern University and began her career as an organizer with Green Corps, a field school for environmental organizing.

Andrea Kovach
Staff Attorney
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
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