The Affordable Care Act and You
What is the Affordable Care Act?
How does the Affordable Care Act affect me?
What do I need to apply?
How do I apply?
How can I stay up-to-date on the ACA and Marketplace website?
Still have questions?
Need assistance with your application?
OOPS! Open enrollment for individuals and families for the 2014 coverage year has ended, but you might be in luck if you:
a) Qualify for a 60 day Special Enrollment Period,
b) Are a small business owner looking at insurance options for your employees in the SHOP marketplace, or
c) Are eligible for Medicaid, All Kids, or the Illinois Moms & Babies program. You can enter these programs all year long.
Go to GetCoveredIllinois for more information!
Representatives from the Heartland Community Health Clinic were available in Peoria Public Library's Main and Lincoln branch computer labs to provide information and in-person application assistance on specific days and times throughout the open enrollment period (October 2013 through March 2014). These counselors are still available for questions, and we will try to schedule them in the labs again during the next enrollment period. You can also call the Heartland Community Health Clinic for an appointment at 309-680-7632.
Peoria Health Department also has trained application counselors available to assist individuals with the application process. The Health Department representatives will be available for individual appointments, and will also be visiting various places in the community. Please contact the Health Department at (309) 679-6694 or IPC@peoriacounty.org to schedule an appointment. La ayuda está disponible en inglés y español.
Call one of these toll-free numbers to speak to a trained federal Marketplace representative.
For individuals and families: 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)
For small businesses: 1-800-706-7893 (TTY: 1-800-706-7915)
You can also call the Get Covered Illinois Help Line at 1(866) 311-1119
Telephone hotline assistance is available in English and Spanish. La asistencia telefónica está disponible en inglés y español.
Healthcare.gov offers a Live Chat option, just in case you have any questions while completing the online application or shopping for coverage. Just click on the navy blue "Live Chat" tab in the lower right corner of just about any page on the website.
Forms and Applications
Reliable Information Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation: Understanding Health Reform
The product of an independent research foundation, the "Understanding Health Reform" section of this website offers a lot of crucial information on the ACA in an easy-to-navigate and -understand format. In particular, be sure to look at:
- The short animated video explaining the ACA, open enrollment, and who needs to apply
- If you or your family need to enroll in the Insurance Marketplace, get an idea of your costs and how much assistance you might receive with the Subsidy Calculator
- The "Visualizing Health Policy: Health Coverage Under the ACA" flow chart. This chart helps you map out your most likely coverage options.
Consumer Reports: Health Law Helper
Explore basic facts about the law, read testimonials from people already enrolled in the new Marketplaces, and get specific advice on what you need to do next with the Health Law Helper tool. This useful, user-friendly tool from the Consumer Reports organization also offers free email updates on news related to health reform.
Illinois Health Matters
Illinois Health Matters - Find useful information about the Affordable Care Act and how it's being implemented in Illinois, as well as this new Illinois Marketplace Health Plan Comparison Tool. Sign up for email updates or follow the blog!
Health Care: Department of Health & Human Services
Visit the DHHS's Health Care page to learn more about the ACA and its various components, as well as its implementation in different states with the "State by state" feature. Be sure to follow the blog and Twitter feed for the latest developments!
State of Illinois: Health Reform
Visit this site for Illinois-specific news and information about the Affordable Care Act, especially about Illinois's new Application for Benefits Eligibility (ABE), the new streamlined, all-in-one application for all state government benefit programs, including Medicaid, SNAP, etc.
The state and federal marketplace portals, Get Covered Illinois and Healthcare.gov, are more than an entry point. They also provide a great deal of information about the Affordable Care Act and the open enrollment process.
To stay on top of updates and developments with the ACA and Health Insurance Marketplace, follow the federal Health Insurance blog, or sign up for email updates on both the federal and state Marketplace pages.