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 Marketplacestart shopping for a health plan that fits you and other family members needs

Explore Your Coverage Optionscheck 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 Navigatorsplug 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 Calculatorget 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  (