Affordable Care Act

6:19 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Get Covered Illinois Enrollment Reaches 113,000

Credit Get Covered Illinois

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has  released numbers for the first five months of enrollment under the federal Affordable Care Act. According to a news release, 113,733 people enrolled in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.

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4:40 am
Tue March 11, 2014

State Health Panel Wants To See Expansion Of Health Jobs

Credit Illinois Public Radio

A state panel has released nearly two dozen recommendations to deal with the increase in patients expected under the Affordable Care Act.  However, some of those ideas will be hard to get approved.

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6:16 am
Thu February 6, 2014

GOP Lawmakers Want Review Of Healthcare Navigators

Credit Get Covered Illinois

Five Illinois Republicans are calling for an audit of the state’s Affordable Care Act “navigators.”

The counselors help people get health coverage under the federal law known as “Obamacare.”

Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) says he wants to see where the money used to pay for the program is going.

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Affordable Care Act
6:05 am
Tue January 14, 2014 Draws Fewer Illinoisians Than Expected


More than 61,000 Illinois residents signed up for health insurance since the federal government's website launched in October.

According to a news release, Illinois officials said traffic on the website has increased steadily, with 788,035 website visits since Oct. 1st.

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6:03 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Scammers Glom Onto ACA

Illinois officials say full implementation of the Affordable Care Act is attracting potential scams.

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Affordable Care Act
6:02 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Illinois Unveils Healthcare Marketplace

Credit state of Illinois

The most visible part of the Affordable Care Act has arrived. Illinois residents without insurance will be able to go to the "Get Covered Illinois" website to begin shopping for healthcare plans.  

The unveiling of the marketplace will also be the first reveal of how much coverage under Obamacare will cost.

That's largely remained a mystery; though Gov. Pat Quinn's administration released some figures, the details were sparse.

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Health Care
6:52 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Illinois Prepares For Insurance Marketplace

An outside image of the DeKalb Clinic's Convenient Care Center

Tuesday is the day Americans can begin enrolling in health insurance marketplaces. These online exchanges are a key component of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. In Illinois, efforts continue to help the uninsured prepare to sign up.

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Affordable Care Act
4:02 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Officials Unveil Name For Insurance Campaign

Credit state of Illinois

Polls show that many Americans without health insurance still don’t know that the Affordable Care Act requires them to get it.

And many of the uninsured don’t know that low-income people can get federal subsidies.

Governor Pat Quinn’s administration is trying to bring folks up to speed through a multi-million dollar advertising campaign.

It's called “Get Covered Illinois.”

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4:18 am
Tue May 28, 2013

House Approves Medicaid Expansion

Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie

Low-income adults who do not have children would be eligible for state-backed health care coverage under a measure approved in the Illinois House.

The Medicaid expansion is a signature plank of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Republicans protested the move because they say Illinois cannot afford it.

But House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie says the state is already paying for people without insurance.

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Illinois Insurance Exchange
11:31 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Illinois will partner with feds on health insurance exchange

Illinois will seek a partnership with the federal government to set up a health insurance exchange for the first year, aides to Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday.

That online marketplace eventually could help more than 1 million Illinoisans obtain affordable insurance as part of the federal health-care law.

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