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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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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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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
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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
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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.

Illinois Unveils Healthcare Marketplace

Oct 1, 2013
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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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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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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.”

Kinzinger Questions GOP Efforts On Obamacare

Sep 20, 2013

Update: Congressman Kinzinger voted with his party today to defund the Affordable Care Act and issued the following statement:

“House Republicans today voted to fully fund the federal government while at the same time protecting the American people from the ravages of the President’s unworkable healthcare law. It is now up to our colleagues in the Senate to continue this fight.”

Original story, which aired during Morning Edition on WNIJ, 9/20/13

A Republican congressman from northern Illinois doesn't agree with his party's efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act.

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Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts says the Supreme Court decision on the Obama administration's Affordable Health Care Act likely will be announced on Thursday. WNIJ will provide coverage and reaction throughout the day. We'll also have an NPR News special on the decision and what it means at 6pm Thursday.

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