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Need Health Insurance?

You now have new options for coverage.

The Affordable Care Act or healthcare reform (sometimes called Obamacare)
has created new options for people to be covered by health insurance — the
Health Insurance Marketplace and the expanded Medicaid Program.

The Health Insurance Marketplace

The Marketplace is designed to offer affordable health insurance opportunities for people that do not have health insurance through their job or a  government program such as Medicare or Medicaid. The Marketplace allows you to view and compare different health plan options offered by insurance companies, including costs, so you can select one that best suits your needs. Depending on your income you may be eligible for financial assistance to help pay premiums and out-of-pocket costs. And, you cannot be denied coverage because of a pre-existing health problem. You can enroll until March 31, 2014 to be covered in 2014. To be covered on January 1, 2014 you must enroll by December 15, 2013.

Expanded Medicaid Program

Illinois has expanded its Medicaid program so more low-income adults will be eligible. Medicaid will now also cover adults without dependent children.

Eligibility

To purchase insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace or to be enrolled in Medicaid you must be a U.S. citizen or legally present in the U.S. Medicaid is only available to low income individuals and families. To be eligible for Medicaid, adults between the ages of 19 and 64 need to have  an income of less than $15,800 for an individual and $21,400 for a couple.

Information and Assistance

There are many ways to get information and assistance.

A good place to start is the website GetCoveredIllinois.gov.

These local agencies have specially trained staff that can help you obtain insurance and answer questions you may have, especially if you haven’t had health coverage before and need to understand it better.


Kane County Residents

Contact the VNA by phone at 630-978-2532, online at vnahealth.com or in person at:

VNA Health Center
400 N. Highland Avenue
Aurora, IL 60506

Kendall County Residents

Contact the Kendall County Health Department at 630-553-8345, online at health.co.kendall.il.us or in person at:

Kendall County Health Department
811 W. John Street
Yorkville, Il. 60560

Please note that the Kendall County Health Department is offering special information sessions every Friday at 10 a.m. No appointments are necessary to attend.

DuPage County Residents

Contact the DuPage County Health Department at 630-682-7400, online at enrolldupage.org or in person at:

Dupage County Health Department
111 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

Any Illinois Resident

For assistance at the state level contact Get Covered Illinois at 1-866-311-1119 or visit the website at GetCoveredIllinois.gov.

For assistance from the federal government contact the Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596 or visit the website at healthcare.gov.