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October, 2014

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GOHIT or Go Home

We're talking about the Governor's Office on Health Innovation and Transformation.

GOHIT is charged with planning and carrying out the multitude of health reforms going on in Illinois right now! GOHIT provides an open and participatory process for policy makers and stakeholders to advise the state on howto implement the Alliance for Health Innovation Plan and Section 1115 Waiver innovations to improve health, improve health care delivery, and lower costs.

That means you should get involved! GOHIT meetings work on long term services and supports, technology, payment methodologies, public health innovations, and more. Learn about different workgroups and how to participate, or check out the GOHIT webinar series to learn more about community resources on health.

From our blog

Illinois Granted Early Web Access to SHOP Marketplace

During SHOP early access, Illinoisians can do the following to initiate enrollment:

  • Establish a Marketplace SHOP account
  • Establish an agent or broker to their account if they wish
  • Complete an employer application
  • Obtain an eligibility determination
  • Upload an employee roster when enrollment functionality is available
  • Starting in November, browse health plans with coverage starting in 2015

This incremental launch will help identify issues early and assist brokers and businesses in building confidence in utilizing the SHOP online system. Read more...

In case you missed it

Unaccompanied minors can consent to medical careas of October 1st because of a new amendment to the law. The law will allow unaccompanied 14- to 18-year-olds to consent to basic medical care, a big step for homeless youth in Illinois.

SHOP-ping just got easier now that Illinois is granted an early preview to the web exchange for the Small Business Health Options Program.

Recent resources

A look back at the Integrated Care Program
UIC Integrated Care Program Evaluation

How to find the right doctor
Tips on getting the right health provider for you

Advocating for adequate provider networks
Medicaid Managed Care in Illinois

The alphabet soup spelled out
Illinois Health Reform Initiatives Explained


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 a small business owner from the Small Business Majority's Thursday talks.

From our social media

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@ILHealthMatters: Exercise is for EVERY body! #WellnessWednesday

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@ILHealthMatters: Voters not expecting perfection on #exchange updates, still prefer online #ACA

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The key to successful integrated care – especially for older adults and people with disabilities – is active, meaningful consumer engagement, since consumers and their caregivers are at the heart of everything we do. óDr. Robert J. Master, CEO, Commonwealth Care

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