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March 18, 2014

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Final Push for Enrollment

DEADLINE:MARCH 31st, 2014. You've heard it beforeandyou'll hear it again. At Illinois HealthMatterswe are spreading the word that time is ticking and the deadline to sign up for health insurance during this open-enrollment period is fast approaching.

As we count down the days, we urge you to tell a friend, coworker, or strangerto head to Get Covered Illinois or to sign up for health insurance coverage before it is too late. Don't go at it alone. Navigators and In-Person Counselors are taking appointments to help. Find help near youhere. Or attend an enrollment event. You can find one here.

Let's make sure that everyone who can has one of these this Spring. Are you doing something to push enrollment before March 31st? Email us to let us know.

From our blog

The Obamacare Lady: What made me want this job? "On a typical day," says Barb Silnes, "I get to see a formerly stressed, worried and confused individual walk out of my office with a little less weight on their shoulders, a little more money in their pocket and much more confident about their future." Barb, who signed up last year to be an In-Person Counselor, explains the ins and outs of her job and why it is so important. "Everyone I meet with is just like you. We want the same things. We want to provide things like health insurance for ourselves and our family. We are willing to sacrifice and work hard to do it. Our politics and opinions are varied, but the similarities among us are so close. ... Read more

In case you missed it

Cumulative enrollment on the national Marketplaces through March 1st topped 4.2 million, with 29% increase in number selecting a Marketplace plan in February. HHS reports that 83%of Marketplace enrollees selected a plan with financial assistance

Innovative ideasfor down-to-the-wire enrollment pushes included some interesting contests - and of course, an unusual appearance by the president on youth-orient "Funny or Die"

Recent resources

You've applied for Medicaid. Now what?
How to check the status of a Medicaid application

Explore Your Options
Webinar: Marketplace plan options with BCBS-IL

Approximately 95% of releases from IDOC are Medicaid Eligible.
A culture of coverage for the justice involved in Illinois

See where the uninsured and the assisters are.
Map: Chicago uninsured and enrollment assisters


REGISTER NOW for our Small Business Webinar “Last Chance for 2014 ACA Health Insurance Open Enrollment!” March 20th at 12:30pm.

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.

Download a presentation and/or watch a recording from the EverThrive Illinois Webinar series.

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

From our social media

On Twitter
@ILHealthMatters: #GetCoveredtoday so you can always say you found your luck on#StPatricksDay!

On Twitter
@ILHealthMatters: Yay! RT @ILFreeClinicsState of IL saw bump in calls, sign-ups this week. @galifianakisz effect? Thanks @funnyordie !!

On Facebook
"I have to say, when I heard that people actually watch this show, I was actually pretty surprised" Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama

On LinkedInPosted in "Healthcare Reform and Health Insurance Exchanges": "You don’t need to get to 6 to 7 million nationally” - these benefits consultants think the Marketplaces already have enough enrolled to work as planned

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