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Illinois Health Matters
September 30, 2013

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What to expect when you're having a marketplace

Get Covered Illinois, the state's official Health Insurance MarketplaceOctober 1st marks a major milestone in health care reform with the much-awaited debut of Get Covered Illinois, the state's Official Health Insurance Marketplace. But remember, there's plenty of time. Consumers have until March 31, 2014 to enroll, and Illinois Health Matters will be there to help guide the way. All the more reason toshare this newsletterwith friends and colleagues.

Meanwhile we've been busy training enrollment and outreach specialists throughout the state to help people sign up for "Obamacare." Tomorrow we will launchHelpHub, a private portal whereIn-Person Counselors, Navigators, Certified Application Counselors and others can help each other by sharing best practices, successes, challenges and lessons learned.Does this sound like you? Talk to your lead agency to request an invite.

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Illinois Health Matters participated in the Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge, a contest aimed at accelerating innovation by funding ideas to harness information and data for the health of communities. While we didn't make it to the final round, read our entry and let us know what more we can do to make Illinois Health Matters a great resource for you.

Upcoming events

10/02 A Healthcare Education Conference for Religious and Community Leaders
10/02 Webinar: Plan Selection and Enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplace
10/06 Be Covered Illinois Care Fair
10/08 Connecting Communities: Outreach & Enrollment Training (Will County)
10/10 Update on Health Care Reform for Children and Adults with Special Needs
10/24 Connecting Communities: Outreach & Enrollment Training (Southern Illinois)
10/28 Connecting Communities: Outreach & Enrollment Training (Downtown Chicago)
10/30 Connecting Communities: Outreach & Enrollment Training (West Suburban Cook County)

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