03122019CW0144EAST ST. LOUIS – In an effort to support individuals who do not have insurance, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) is urging Illinois residents who are uninsured or underinsured to visit the Affordable Care Act Marketplace during the open enrollment period, which lasts until Dec. 15.

“Health care is a basic need, and a health care system that serves everyone is critical for public health, safety and economic security,” Belt said. “We are in the midst of a public health crisis and any person who does not have insurance need to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period.”

This year, Illinoisans will be able to choose from 179 plans from eight insurance providers. There are also tax credits available to help lower-income residents reduce their monthly payments and find affordable coverage.

Last year, more than 240,000 people received tax credits, and after credits were applied, the average monthly payment was $153.

There are three tiers of coverage to choose from that balance coverage and cost: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Anyone who is already covered under an ACA plan will automatically be enrolled in the same or a similar plan if they don’t make a different selection. Also, the ACA plan allows individuals who experience a life-changing event, such as an income loss, a marriage, or a major move, can visit the marketplace – even if the open enrollment period has closed. 

To learn more or select a plan, Illinois residents can visit https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/getcovered

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