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February 25, 2014

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The Tools of Enrollment

Have you seen the Marketplace Health Plan Comparison Tool – currently available for Illinois only – from Consumers’ CHECKBOOK? It's designed to take consumers with little or no knowledge of insurance through a few simple steps to help them quickly choose the plan that best fits their needs and preferences. The tool compares every plan available in the Illinois Marketplace based on total estimated cost (not just premiums or deductibles), plan quality, doctor availability, and other factors.

And here at IHM, we are beta-testing a different kind of digital enrollment tool – one that's more of a "tour" of the enrollment process. This is not intended to take the place of navigators; rather it is aimed at individuals who want to better understand how the ACA enrollment process works. It gives them information they need to take the next step – whether they’re enrolling themselves or helping a friend or family member or just want to feel comfortable with the process. We'd love to have your feedback. Email us at

CBO chartFrom our blog

CBO on ACA: The Devil is in the Details Because of the promise made by the ACA, that we can all access good health care, people will have the freedom to do what they want without fear of medical emergency and financial ruin. The bottom line is that the ACA presents a new opportunity: an opportunity for people like my dad, to become their own boss; for someone who has put in their years and saved their pennies to retire early; or for a new parent to work part time so they can spend more time watching their child learn and grow... Read more

In case you missed it

Marketplace enrollment reached 3.3 million in January, beating projections for the first time, with young adults representing 25% of the total.

Would you buy health insurance from this man? High five to our friends at
Get Covered Illinois for their creativity in reaching young adults without coverage.

Recent resources

Questions people with disabilities might ask
Getting and Using Health Plan Evidence of Coverage

Innovation in Medicaid expansion
The ACA and Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers

The "most confusing" benefit
Buying Children’s Dental Coverage on the Marketplace

And how to verify your income later
Reporting Your Income on the Marketplace

Shows total cost, plan quality, doctor availability
Illinois Marketplace Health Plan Comparison Tool

The plan with no metal
Catastrophic Health Insurance Fact Sheet


Attend an educational webinar by BCBS where they will go over all of their Marketplace plans, or download earlier presentations and/or watch recordings from the Starting Strong Webinar series.

Find enrollment events in your area at the Get Covered Illinois Events page.

Find volunteer and community engagement opportunities at Get Covered America Events page.

Learn what the ACA means for small business owners at the Small Business Majority's Thursday talks.

From our social media

On Twitter
@ILHealthMatters: Why are TAX HOUSEHOLDS important? They help determine financial assistance when enrolling in health insurance. #ACAwow #ACA word of the week

On Facebook
Did you see Get Covered Illinois featured in the Washington Post?

On LinkedIn
Posted in "Healthcare Reform": A bit of colorful data from Forbes: New Signup Numbers Show Why Obamacare May Be Impossible To Repeal

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