Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers announced for first four
Illinois enrollment increases to more than 88,000
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[February 15, 2014]
CHICAGO — This week the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services released numbers for the
first four months of enrollment under the federal Affordable Care
Act, showing that 88,602 Illinois residents have selected a private
health care plan through the federal website since Oct. 1. Following
major improvements to the website, enrollments increased
significantly since December.
In addition, more than 168,000 Illinois residents have enrolled in
Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, bringing the total who have
gained access to health coverage in the state to more than 256,000.
"These numbers show we are making good progress, but we still
have much to accomplish in the next 47 days," said Jennifer Koehler,
executive director of Get Covered Illinois. "We are in the midst of
a crucial push to enroll as many residents as possible for health
coverage. We know that for many people it requires multiple layers
of exposure to information, including word-of-mouth and street-level
contact with trusted community partners. We are working closely with
hundreds of community partners across Illinois to ensure that
everyone who needs health coverage obtains this quality, affordable
The federal enrollment report also indicates that 203,922
Illinois residents have been determined to be eligible to enroll in
a Health Insurance Marketplace plan, but about 115,000 have yet to
enroll in a plan.
The next key enrollment deadline is Feb. 15, the last date that
consumers can apply for coverage that begins on March 1. The full
enrollment period lasts six months and runs through March 31.
The federal report also revealed that
residents selected a Health Insurance Marketplace plan in
75 percent of
customers were eligible for financial assistance.
25 percent of those
enrolled are age 18-34, up 2 percentage points from the December
purchased a Silver Plan.
54 percent of customers are women.
Get Covered Illinois has launched a
marketing campaign aimed at younger adults. GCI also is running
statewide advertising and a series of outreach initiatives and
events designed to "make health coverage personal" to reach
uninsured residents where they live, work and play in Illinois. The
ad campaign features people facing real-life health issues, such as
a father who needs a physical, a mom who needs to take her sick
child to a doctor, a trained navigator walking an enrollee through
the process step by step, and a young girl who needs glasses so she
can see the blackboard better in the classroom.
"By tapping into emotional concerns and
connections we all have to health care and its effect on ourselves,
families and friends, we hope to further drive enrollment as we
approach the March 31 deadline," Koehler said. "All of our events
and outreach programs are directed at connecting with people
personally, so they take the necessary initiative to enroll and help
those who need health coverage."
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In addition to the statewide ad push, Get Covered Illinois
and its more than 250 community partners are planning nearly 200
special events across the state in the coming weeks to connect
its more than 1,500 trained navigators to people who need to
sign up for health coverage. This outreach includes more than 60
neighborhood churches that are inviting navigators to sign up
their members. GCI will also soon be releasing a series of
testimonials videos of residents — young and older — who have
signed up for affordable, comprehensive health coverage.
Illinois officials said traffic on the
website has increased steadily, with more than 965,000 website
visits since Oct. 1 and more than 419,000 users of the screening
tool that leads users either to the federal website or the state's
new Medicaid eligibility site, Application for Benefits Eligibility,
Get Covered Illinois is urging health care consumers to take
advantage of the assistance that is being offered via the Web, over
the phone and in person through hundreds of community partners
across the state:
http://getcoveredillinois.gov/, which includes a
Call the Get
Covered Illinois help desk at 866-311-1119. Operators are
available each day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Meet in person with a specially trained
"navigator" who can help you understand your options and even
enroll you at one of the hundreds of partner sites across the
state. There are more than 1,500 navigators, and they can be
located by visiting the website and entering your ZIP code or
through the Help Desk.
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