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Obamacare State Update: Illinois

Obamacare State Update: Illinois

Posted Feb 22, 2014 by Jenifer Dorsey

Exchange type: Partnership exchange

Website: GetCoveredIllinois.gov

Medicaid expansion: Yes

Enrollment update: A total 256,000 Illinois residents have enrolled in health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Feb. 12, 2014, enrollment report.

The total breaks down as follows, between Oct. 1, 2013, and Feb. 1, 20141:

  • 88,602 Illinoisans enrolled in private health insurance coverage—that’s 9.5 percent of the estimated 937,000 eligible for such exchange-based plans2
  • 168,000 enrolled in Medicaid

Additional enrollment highlights included the following3 4:

  • 75 percent of private plan enrollees were eligible for financial assistance
  • 54 percent enrolled in a Silver plan, making it most popular among Illinoisans –as it is nationwide
  • 24 percent enrolled in a Bronze plan, 21 percent in a Gold plan; 1 percent in a Platinum plan and 0 percent in a catastrophic plan
  • 25 percent of Illinois enrollees are 18 to 34 years old, a 2 percentage point increase over Dec. 2013 and on par with the total national percentage of young adult enrollees

According to a Feb. 12, 2014, Get Covered Illinois press release, GetCoveredIllinois.gov has had 965,000 visits since Oct. 1, 2013. More than 419,000 people have used the site’s screening tool that routes them to HealthCare.gov to enroll in a private health insurance plan or ABE.Illinois.gov to apply for Medicaid.

In related news: Get Covered Illinois this week began advertising in The Onion. While The Onion may be known for satirical news, there is nothing fake about the campaign designed to increase young adult enrollment. Get Covered Illinois is the first state to partner with Onion Labs, the publication’s creative services division, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The campaign will include banner ads, a video, an editorial and a custom “news” section.5

Getting more millennials to enroll in health insurance remains a priority for state-based and federally facilitated health insurance exchanges. In its latest enrollment press release, Get Covered Illinois alluded to a recently launched marketing campaign “aimed at younger adults.” Furthermore, as the end of open enrollment nears, Illinois’ health insurance exchange hopes to reach the uninsured with a final outreach push including more than 200 events with more than 250 community partners across the state.

Additional resources

  • Visit GetCoveredIllinois.gov to learn more about the exchange-based health insurance for Illinois residents. You will be transferred to HealthCare.gov for application and enrollment.
  • Call the Get Covered Illinois Help Desk at 866-311-1119 or use the Get Covered Illinois website to find an in-person Navigator near you.
  • Call 888-839-7679 to speak to one of healthedeals.com certified health insurance advisors and discuss your health insurance options on and away from your state’s exchange.

1GetCoveredIllinois.gov. (2014, Feb. 12). "HHS Announces ACA Enrollment Numbers for First Four Months [Press Release]."
2The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (2014, Feb. 12) "Marketplace Enrollment as a Share of the Marketplace Eligible Population."
3GetCoveredIllinois.gov. (2014, Feb. 12). "HHS Announces ACA Enrollment Numbers for First Four Months [Press Release]."
4 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. (2014, February 12). "Health Insurance Marketplace: February Enrollment Report: For the Period: October 1, 2013—February 1, 2014."
5Thomas, Monifa. (2014, February 10). "Illinois, The Onion Partner to Push Health Insurance." Chicago Sun-Times.

Jenifer Dorsey is a freelance writer whose specialties include health and fitness, wellness, sports and recreation. She is a competitive amateur track cyclist who also enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping and other outdoor adventure. Jenifer received a B.A. in journalism from Columbia College Chicago and is an MFA candidate at Naropa University. She lives in Colorado.