ACA enrollment numbers announced for first three months
Covered Illinois enrollment increases to over 61,000
increase in December, ahead of the national pace
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[January 16, 2014]
CHICAGO — The U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services released numbers Monday for the first
three months of enrollment under the federal Affordable Care Act.
The figures show that 61,111 Illinois residents have selected a
private health care plan through the federal website since Oct. 1.
Following major improvements to the federal website, enrollments
increased significantly in December, after about 7,000 people
enrolled in October and November. The state launched a 10-day
enrollment push, including the first TV ads of the campaign, ahead
of the first ACA enrollment deadline on Dec. 23.
"While we are encouraged by the almost eightfold increase in
Marketplace enrollments in December, there's still much more work to
do to reach Illinois' uninsured population," said Jennifer Koehler,
executive director of Get Covered Illinois. "We know who is
eligible, and we have a solid plan in place to reach them. Over the
next 78 days, we will work closely with our hundreds of community
partners across Illinois to ensure that everyone who needs it can
take advantage of the opportunity to obtain quality, affordable
The next key enrollment deadline was this week, with
Jan. 15 as the last date when consumers could apply for coverage
that begins on Feb. 1. The full enrollment period lasts six months
and runs through March 31.
The Get Covered Illinois campaign will enter a new phase over the
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, with more than 80 enrollment
events planned at many of the community partners statewide, and more
than 25 outreach programs planned at churches in Illinois. (To find
events in your area, go to
"We are building momentum and raising awareness statewide through
our marketing, events and targeted outreach efforts," Koehler said.
"We are just halfway through the enrollment process for the
Marketplace, which runs through March 31."
The HHS report also revealed that in Illinois:
eightfold increase in Marketplace enrollment in Illinois was
ahead of the national average, which saw a fivefold increase in
73 percent of
Marketplace customers were eligible for financial assistance.
purchased a Silver Plan.
54 percent of
customers are women.
Illinois officials said traffic on the
website has increased steadily, with 788,035 website visits since
Oct. 1 and more than 347,566 users of the screening tool that leads
users to either the federal website or the state's new Medicaid
eligibility site, Application for Benefits Eligibility, at
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The ABE site has received more than 146,000 applications for
Medicaid and other social service benefits since Oct 1. The
state has enrolled more than 136,000 individuals in Medicaid
coverage under the Affordable Care Act through three different
application methods: Cook County's early enrollment program,
County Care; an express enrollment program for SNAP food
assistance recipients; and the ABE website.
As part of the campaign, Get Covered Illinois is sharing the
stories of people who have signed up for coverage under the ACA. The
latest installment in the series "Real Illinoisans Get Covered"
features the story of an enrollee named Jackie:
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:
You can visit
www.getcoveredillinois.gov, which includes a
You can call the
help desk at Get Covered Illinois at 866-311-1119. Operators are
available each day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
You can meet in
person with a specially trained "navigator" who can help you
understand your options and even enroll 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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