Residents can find out more about the state’s new health insurance marketplace, "Get Covered Illinois," during two free information sessions at Parkland College, Nov. 5 and 7.
The sessions will be held at 3 p.m. on Nov. 5 and 10 a.m. on Nov. 7, in Room D105 at the campus. Speakers Claudia Lenhoff and Robert Porter, "navigators" for Get Covered Illinois, will describe the marketplace and discuss who qualifies for health coverage under the marketplace; whether the marketplace makes health insurance affordable; how to enroll; and related topics.
The Get Covered Illinois website marketplace connects Illinoisans with health insurance coverage options as mandated by the Federal Affordable Care Act. According to the website, www.getcoveredillinois.gov
, the marketplace is for any Illinois resident who had insurance, lost it, and wants it again; for residents who could never afford or obtain insurance before; or for those who have never attempted to get insurance but now must comply with the law.
Residents can compare eight different insurance company offerings side by side; determine whether they are eligible for Medicaid under newly expanded qualifications; and apply for financial support to help bring down the cost of insurance for them or their families.
State officials expect at least 300,000 people to enroll in health care coverage between Oct. 1 and March 31. If residents enroll in a plan by Dec. 15, their coverage kicks in on Jan. 1, 2014.
No registration is necessary for the information sessions. The event is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health. For more information, please visit www.getcoveredillinois.gov