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Affordable Care Act



Learn how the new federal health care law affects you at HealthCare.gov, the official site of the Health Insurance Marketplace.  For the Spanish language version, please visit:  CuidadoDeSalud.gov   Also visit the official Illinois Marketplace, GetCoveredIllinois.gov.  Illinois residents will be able to choose high quality and affordable health insurance plans through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.  Created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Insurance Marketplace s designed to help you find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs.  This process will help you determine if you qualify, or can get lower cost coverage through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)*.  All Marketplace plans offer the same set of comprehensive benefits. They cover things like pre-existing conditions, pregnancy, hospitalizations, prescriptions, and doctor’s visits.  Visit here for a list of what is covered. 

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Open enrollment for health insurance begins on October 1, 2013 and ends on March 31, 2014.  Coverage may start as soon as January 1, 2014. With one simple application, you can compare all the plans available to you and check whether you qualify for free or low-cost coverage. You may enroll online, by mail, or in person. To apply and enroll online, or to print an application form to mail in, visit HealthCare.gov. Telephone assistance is available 24/7 to help you complete your application. Phone 1-800-318-2596   or TTY 1-855-889-.  For in-person assistance, staff can refer you to the following Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators, In Person Counselors  and Certified Application Counselors in our area.

LaSalle County Health Department – In Person Counselors – Phone:  815.433.3366

Tri County Opportunities Council – In Person Counselor – Deborah Roush – Email:  droush@tcochelps.com   or   Phone:  815.875.6064

Youth Service Bureau of the Illinois Valley - Sylvia Perez (Bilingual ) — In Person Counselor — Phone:  815.830.2558

Bureau and Putnam County Health Department– Dan Eiten – In Person Counselor – Phone:  815.872.5091 ext. 222, Email:  deiten@bchealthdepartment.org,   Twitter - @deitenIPC

You will need to provide some information when you apply, so make sure you have the following available for yourself and your household:

-       Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)

-       Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (for example, from pay stubs or W-2 forms—Wage and Tax Statements)

-       Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household

-        A completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible for. (You’ll need to fill out this form even for coverage you’re eligible for but don’t enroll in.)

Below are links to paper applications from Centers from Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

- Individual Short Form
- Individual without Financial Assistance
- Family Form

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The Health Care Marketplace offers several avenues to stay current with what is happening:

HealthCare Marketplace

HealthCare Marketplace – scroll to the bottom of the page and sign up for email news



Cuidado de Salud


@HealthCareGov – Twitter.com/HealthCareGov

@CuidadoDeSalud - Twitter.com/CuidadoDeSalud


YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/HealthCareGov

The library offers free Internet access—use our public computers or our WiFi connection—should you wish to explore your options at HealthCare.gov or enroll online with your personal computer. If you need help using a computer, we’re here for you. 

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Avoiding Scams

AARP- http://www.firstseniorfinancialgroup.com/aarp-warns-obamacare-scam/

Care and Coverage Information

Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)- http://www.hrsa.gov/index.html  - An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the HRSA is the is the primary Federal agency for  improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.    

Illinois.gov- http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/healthcarereform/Pages/TheAffordableCareAct.aspx

Illinois Health Matters- http://illinoishealthmatters.org/ - Provides an overview of the law and how it may affect you.

Illinois Department of Insurance- http://insurance.illinois.gov/

Insure Kids Now- www.insurekidsnow.gov  -  Provides answers to children's insurance questions.

Rural Assistance Center- http://www.raconline.org/ - An online library focused on health and human services for rural America

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/ -  Information about the Marketplace, Prevention and Wellness, Facts and Features and the ACA law.

Fact Sheets

AARP- http://www.aarp.org/health/health-care-reform/health_reform_factsheets/

HHS- http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/factsheets/index.html - Financial Information

Kaiser Family Foundation- http://kff.org/

     Subsidy Calculator

HHS- http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/insurance/premiums/index.html - Provides information about Premiums.

Consumer Reports.org - http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2013/11/showtime-for-health-care-reform/index.htm - Provides a general overview and facts of the program.

Health Information

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)- http://marketplace.cms.gov/

FAQ for the Marketplace- https://questions.cms.gov/faq.php?id=5005&rtopic=1993

Medline Plus- http://medlineplus.gov - Provides information on health topics, a medical encyclopedia, interactive health tutorials and videos, drug information and more.


NOTE:  Staff is not able to interpret or input information for individuals; however, we are happy to guide you to the resources on this page.

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