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Get Covered Illinois! Health Marketplace Now Open for Business

Do you have questions about the new health care marketplaces? Maybe you think you should be shopping for insurance, but you’re not sure. This hour on Focus, we’ll try to demystify Illinois’ new health care exchanges. 

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Charlene Aumiller (left) gets help with the health care marketplace from Shannon Killian (right) of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District on Oct. 1, 2013.

Charlene Aumiller (left) gets help with the health care marketplace from Shannon Killian (right) of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District on Oct. 1, 2013. Sean Power/WILL

Yesterday, Illinois’ new health care marketplace opened for business, enabling people to start enrolling in new health insurance plans. There are several plans to choose from with several different levels of coverage, but not everybody should be looking to the marketplace for coverage. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Claudia Lenhoff, Executive Director of Champaign County Health Care Consumers and Julie Pryde, Executive Director of  the Champaign County Public Health District, which is working to educate people about the new marketplaces, also known as exchanges, and get them enrolled in coverage.

We’ll talk with them about the 10 things all the new insurance plans are supposed to offer, where to go to get enrolled, how much the plans are going to cost and who should be looking in the marketplaces for health care coverage. In addition to the private health insurance marketplaces, there are lots of people who now qualify for Medicaid that didn’t previously. We’ll talk with Lenhoff and Pryde about who is eligible and what you need to do to enroll.

Do you have questions about the new health insurance marketplaces? Give us a call this hour on Focus. 

Categories: Health