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?
The 2017 Enrollment Period ended on January 31. To see if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, just answer a few questions on Healthcare.gov.
Representatives from the Heartland Community Health Clinic will be available in Peoria Public Library's Main and Lincoln branch computer labs and meeting space to provide information and in-person application assistance on specific days and times throughout the open enrollment period (November 1, 2016 - January 31, 2017). You can also call the Heartland Community Health Clinic at 309-680-7632 for more information.
Other nearby agencies and organizations are also providing information or assistance. Search for additional assistance locations on the federal and state Healthcare Marketplace sites. You can also call Get Covered Illinois at (866) 311-1119 to find additional help near you.
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: 711)
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.
Forms and Applications
Reliable Information Sources
Consumer Reports: Health Insurance guide
Always full of useful information about important consumer purchases, Consumer Reports Health Insurance information page provides a wealth of information and tips on shopping for and purchasing health insurance.
Login using the library's Consumer Reports subscription link on the "All Databases" page to get free access to even more Consumer Reports content.
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.
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!
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.
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.