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Health
6:58 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Illinois Obamacare Subsidies Face Supreme Court Scrutiny

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The U.S. Supreme court agreed to take up a case that could put the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy. But Illinois health care advocates still urge residents to check out their options.

The Supreme Court expects to rule on whether federal subsidies can be given to residents in states, like Illinois, that did not create their own online marketplaces. In the meantime, subsidies to help cover the cost of insurance will still be available.

The open enrollment period for 2015 started over the weekend and will last until mid-December.

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Election 2014
6:35 am
Thu October 30, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidates Differ On Ebola Response And More

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The Illinois candidates for U.S. Senate sparred over Ebola, Obamacare, immigration reform and anti-violence policies in their final televised debate Wednesday. Chicago Public Television hosted the forum.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, says he favors close monitoring of passengers and quarantining those at high risk of exposure.

But he disagreed with his Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, a state Senator, on the need for a travel ban from certain countries.  

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Medicare
6:30 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Seniors, Disabled People Can Get Free Help To Enroll In Medicare

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The Illinois Department on Aging says seniors and disabled people can get free help enrolling in Medicare now through early December.

Agency Director John Holton says deciding on coverage options can be overwhelming. Counselors from the agency's Senior Health Insurance Program can help beneficiaries and caregivers understand their options.

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Politics
7:15 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Today Marks One Year Of Affordable Care Act In Illinois

Credit Talk Radio News Service

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.

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Healthcare
6:19 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Get Covered Illinois Enrollment Reaches 113,000

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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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Healthcare
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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Healthcare
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
6:02 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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Affordable Care Act
11:29 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Are You Eligible For Subsidized Health Insurance? Use This Calculator To Find Out.

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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.

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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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