The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, is open for enrollment and the Illinois Marketplace is now live to start shopping for a healthcare plan that fits your needs. Here are some important dates you should be aware of:
November 15, 2014: 2015 Open Enrollment Starts
December 31, 2014: Coverage ends for 2014 Marketplace plans
February 15, 2015: Open Enrollment Ends
Still confused about the ACA? Check out this informational video by the Kaiser Family Foundation, and scroll below for more useful resources.
Get Information, Get Covered: Valuable Resources for Accessing Affordable Healthcare
Illinois Marketplace— start shopping for a health plan that fits you and other family members needs
Explore Your Coverage Options— check and see if you are qualified for Medicaid before starting your Marketplace application
Illinois Marketplace FAQs— get a list of frequently asked questions about accessing healthcare
Local Healthcare Navigators— plug in your zip code get a list of local ACA navigators that can help you get coverage
12th District FQHCs— search for healthcare centers near you
Subsidy Calculator— get a rough estimate for your monthly healthcare premium by using this tool
Paying for Healthcare— understand your payment options for healthcare
Healthy Employees, Healthy Business: Resources for Small Business Owners
UPDATE (11/27/13): Online applications for SHOP Marketplace small group coverage will be delayed for one year.
The Small Business Marketplace (SHOP) is an online portal where small businesses may purchase healthcare for their employees. In order to receive the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, small business owners must purchase a SHOP plan.
New information for small business owners wishing to purchase through the Marketplace is being updated regularly. To get up-to-date news and more, revisit our website or visit Get Covered Illinois: Small Businesses.
What type of documentation do I need to get healthcare?
Proof of Illinois residency (driver’s license, state ID, rent or mortgage statement, letter of homelessness)
Proof of US citizenship or legal residency (SSN, birth certificate, proof of naturalization, green card)
Proof of income (most recent tax return)
Other Resources from Community-based Organizations
Illinois Residents with HIV (AIDS Legal Council Chicago & AIDS Foundation of Chicago)
Cancer Insurance Checklist (CancerInsuranceChecklist.org)