Illinois’ insurance exchange website now open

The state’s insurance exchange website is now open.

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GetCoveredIllinois.com lists all the plans that six insurers are offering.

The site can also explain if you qualify for government subsidies that can help you pay for it. This will mostly benefit the uninsured and those who are not eligible for Medicaid.

Anyone using the exchange must be signed up by December 15 in order to be covered on January 1.

Most people will be legally required to have health insurance next year, or else they’ll be charged a tax penalty.

At news conference at the Thompson Center, Governor Pat Quinn called it a historic day.  “This is a very special day for health and wellness in the Land of Lincoln,” Quinn said.

“The Affordable Care Care Act is requiring some preventive services to be covered that are really critical for people living with diabetes, or perhaps currently undiagnosed and living with diabetes,” said Jeanette Flom, Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association,  “Things like folks with high blood pressure being encouraged to get a diabetes screening, covering cholesterol screenings, just a variety of tests that will now be available and covered for individuals.”

While the Illinois site was operating Tuesday morning without issue, other exchange websites were already crowded.  Specifically, when you try to enroll at healthcare.gov, several people are reporitng error messages.

For more information about the Affordable Care Act, go to wgntv.com/healthcare

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4 comments

  • Datablade

    It froze twice, likely due to the high demand. When I was able to input my information the site said "go apply for Medicaid coverage". At age 27? Just graduated college, looking for work, so the low income means Medicaid???? This is working out great.

  • Diane

    kindly @ Datablade
    Do the names Elizabeth Manning or Snowden sound familiar? Knowing how many websites have been hacked by government employees and identities stolen I'm not going to give all my vitals online. Sorry but governmentweb sites are probably the biggest target for hackers. Obamacare fruad will be blantant but at least I can try to protect my credit cards.

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