Gov. Pat Quinn announced that more than 121,000 people have enrolled or re-enrolled in a health care plan in the first month of enrollment for the second year of Get Covered Illinois.
The strong start for year two means that about 800,000 people in Illinois have obtained coverage under the Affordable Care Act either through the private plans offered through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace or the expanded Medicaid program.
“In the past 14 months, we have been able to help 800,000 people enroll in health coverage through Get Covered Illinois,” Quinn said. “Expanding health coverage to more families has strengthened Illinois’ comeback. For all of those who have taken advantage of this historic opportunity, it means better health and financial stability, which are instrumental to a healthy family and a healthy state.”
According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, 121,243 people in Illinois selected plans through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace leading up to the Dec. 15 deadline for coverage beginning Jan. 1.
About 80 percent of Illinois residents who selected health insurance plans in the first month of open enrollment were determined eligible for financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums, compared to 73 percent who selected plans over a similar period last year. Of the 121,243 Illinoisans who selected a plan, 46 percent re-enrolled in a Marketplace plan in 2015 and 54 percent signed up for the first time.
In year one of the Marketplace, 217,000 people enrolled in a private health care plan. In addition, more than 536,000 have enrolled in the expanded Medicaid program under the ACA.
Get Covered Illinois has a made an aggressive push to start to the second enrollment season with more than 500 enrollment events and extended enrollment hours across the state.
There are more than 400 plans offered through the Marketplace in 2015. All plans cover essential health benefits including doctor visits, emergency care, preventive services and more.
Residents can seek free, in-person help enrolling in coverage from a professional near them. To learn more about GCI and how to find free in-person help:
Visit the website at www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov (which includes a Spanish-language version) for more information and to make an appointment for free- in-person help with a trained professional near you.
Call the GCI Help Desk at (866) 311-1119. Help desk representatives are available each day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Meet in person with a specially trained Navigator, agent or broker who can help you understand your options and help you enroll. There are hundreds of certified professionals ready to help you that can be located on the GCI website or through the GCI Help Desk.
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