Affordable Care Act

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It's been a year since the Affordable Care Act launched. The state says 685,000 people have taken advantage of the law --- more than expected.

That includes Keith Moons, who says his family lost insurance coverage in 2011 and weren't able to get it back because of unemployment and preexisting conditions.

State Farm / Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Blue Cross and Blue Shield and State Farm have partnered to offer individual health insurance policies.

In five states, including Illinois, Blue Cross and Blue Shield will offer health plans that State Farm clients can purchase. Some of those plans will be on Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges.

Open enrollment beings Nov. 15, with health coverage becoming effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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.

State Health Panel Wants To See Expansion Of Health Jobs

Mar 11, 2014
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.

GOP Lawmakers Want Review Of Healthcare Navigators

Feb 6, 2014
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.

Healthcare.gov

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 Getcoveredillinois.gov website has increased steadily, with 788,035 website visits since Oct. 1st.

Scammers Glom Onto ACA

Oct 24, 2013

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

Illinois Unveils Healthcare Marketplace

Oct 1, 2013
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.

Illinois Prepares For Insurance Marketplace

Sep 30, 2013

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.

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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