Illinois’ insurance exchange website now open

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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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