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.
Confused about Obamacare? You're not alone. Nearly all Americans will be required to have health insurance starting January 1, 2014, or else they will be liable for a tax penalty. But many people aren't sure if they qualify and they have no clear idea of how much insurance might cost.
WNIJ can help. By entering data like zip code, income, age, family size and other factors into the Obamacare Calculator below, users can get estimates of the tax subsidies and insurance premiums available to them if they purchase insurance through the marketplaces, or exchanges.
One of Rod Blagojevich's top legislative achievements is slowly dwindling away. An audit of the All Kids program shows there's less and less to review. Rod Blagojevich was so proud of All Kids, he mentioned it in his farewell speech before going away to prison.
A key Illinois lawmaker says it still appears the state will partner with the federal government on a health insurance exchange. But Democratic Representative Frank Mautino of Spring Valley says the goal is to make it a one-year partnership. Under the nation's health-care law, states can either run their own exchange, or get assistance from Washington. The exchanges are required to be up and running by 2014.