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April 9, 2014

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Open Enrollment Ends, Feedback Begins

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So, March 31st has come, and it is behind us. We all breathe a sigh of relief – not. Now is the time that Illinois Health Matters is looking to collect some info from consumers, navigators, providers, community organizations,policymakers, media, and the like about how we can make things even better next time. (Though over 7million enrollments is not too shabby.)

If you have new insurance, are you using those preventive care benefits? If you are a provider, are you getting new clients who haven't seen a doctor in years? Part of a community organization?What information did you wish you had easily accessible?Do you have cool ideas to make enrollment run smoother?Tell us! Were you involved in enrollment efforts? Take Enroll America's survey.

Overall, we will be focusing on how we can help, be it by providing resources answering your questions, developing tools to ease the process, or making sure that consumers and those who help them have the information they need toimprove and accessthe healthcare system. Let us know what you think. Email us at

From our blog

Four Gifts the Affordable Care Act Has Given Americans by Its Fourth Birthday On March 23, 2014, the ACA turned 4. In its relatively short life, the ACA has already accomplished a great deal. There are no more pre-existing condition exclusions! Financial help to obtain insurance is available. Medicaid has beeb expanded to all qualified adults below 138% of the federal poverty level. Not to mention, there are essential health benefits and FREE preventive services. These gifts have already started to make a huge difference to the American people. Read more...

In case you missed it

THE GRAPH WE'D ALL BEEN WAITING FORthat showed in the early hours of April 1st that nationally ACA enrollment had topped 7 million. As enrollment drew to a close, more and more people had come to depend on the Michigan web developer's homegrown site for what seemed to be the most reliable and detailed data.

MANY PEOPLE CAN STILL SIGN UP FOR COVERAGE because Illinois granted an extension – until April 15th – to those who were unable to complete the process by midnight on the 31st. And for those eligible for Medicaid, there is no open enrollment period; they can apply at any time.

Recent resources

An IHM original webinar for small business.
What your small business needs to know about health care reform

Look no further for this successful outreach and enrollment strategy.
Texting to reach the uninsured.

I'm not done yet!
Who gets additional time to enroll in marketplace coverage?

Go see the doc!
Preventive health benefits, what are those?


Finish enrolling! 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 from the Small Business Majority's Thursday talks.

From our social media

On Twitter
@ILHealthMatters: Survivors of sexual assault have unique healthcare needs. Let's make access a priority. #tweetaboutit

On Twitter
@ILHealthMatters: Don't worry if you missed it. Learn about the #ACA and small businesses. Thanks! @ILHealthSmBiz

On FacebookDenied Medicaid for too much income?You can still buy a plan on the Marketplace, even after March 31. You can do this through a 60 day Special Enrollment Period that starts from your Medicaid denial date.

On LinkedIn
Posted in "Healthcare Reform and Health Insurance Exchanges": Some states' problems overshadow those of What does this portend for states still working to get their own marketplace running for the fall? States Grapple With Fixing Problem-Plagued Health Exchanges -

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