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September 13, 2013

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An Army of Enrollment Helpers

With the countdown clock ticking, an army of over 1,000 enrollment helpers across the state is being trained and educated about the Affordable Care Act in preparation for open enrollment.

After an influx of $30 million in federal funds (through Navigator and In Person Counselor grants) to community based organizations throughout the state, the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace team has been working every day to prepare this army of helpers with the tools, resources and knowledge to enroll uninsured residents. Certified Application Counselors are additional members of this group receiving federal and some state training.

The University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and their team of experts are leading the (not so basic) training to educate the new recruits on difficult concepts, such as Medicaid, private insurance, Marketplace options, tax credits and the new shared responsibility provisions in the ACA. After being trained, the assisters - who were hired because they are trusted members of their communities - will be receiving certification from the state and will be open for business to educate and enroll the uninsured in Illinois.

Watch for news of the new Illinois Marketplace website to open in 17 days where you can enroll in coverage and find helpers in your community.

August/September Blog Entries

BeCovered Illinois schools consumers on the ACA
Empowering Illinoisans: What’s "in it for them” in Health Care Reform

What's an "out of pocket" cap and how can I get one?
Clearing Up Confusion About Health Reform’s Out-of-Pocket Protections

Doctor, Doctor, give me the news
Primary Care Doctors Need Connections to ACA Information and to Navigators, Counselors

Asian Americans represent one of the diverse racial and ethnic sub-groups of uninsured residents
Special Report: Impact of ACA on Uninsured Asians in Illinois

Making health insurance more affordable on the Marketplace
The federal government pays what? Tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies under the ACA.

August/September Resources

How will the ACA impact Medicare?
Webinar: The Affordable Care Act - Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Fact sheet from the American Academy of Pediatrics
The Affordable Care Act and You: What Your Family Needs to Know

Primer on Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTCs) and Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSRs).
State Health Reform Assistance Network Charting the Road to Coverage

Small businesses can get financial help, too, in the Marketplace
IRS – Small Business Health Care Tax Credit Q&A's: Determining FTEs and Average Annual Wages

What do parents of teens need to know about the ACA?
The Affordable Care Act and Adolescents

Update from the State on the enrollment process
HFS Fact Sheet on Implementation Efforts in Illinois

Upcoming Health Care Reform Events

9/17: Connecting Communities: Outreach & Enrollment Workshop (DuPage County)
9/19: The Affordable Care Act: An Overview and Preparing for Enrollment (South Side)
9/19: Connecting Communities: Outreach & Enrollment Workshop (Chicago West Side)
9/23: Connecting Communities: Outreach & Enrollment Workshop (Lake County)
9/24: Starting Strong for Community Health Webinar 7 Days to Enrollment: What do we do now?
9/26: Connecting Communities: Outreach & Enrollment Workshop (Kane County)
10/1: Open Enrollment Begins in the Health Insurance Marketplace
10/2: Connecting Communities: Outreach & Enrollment Training (Kendall/Grundy County)
10/8: Connecting Communities: Outreach & Enrollment Training (Will County)
Additional events listed here

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