More Illinoisans eligible for coverage under ACA

By Nick Kovatch on January 19 at 8:02am

More than 61,000 people in Illinois have selected plans through the Affordable Care Act.

But David Elin, with Get Covered America, says many more are eligible for coverage. He says financial help is available for people who don’t think they can afford to buy a plan.

“Seventy percent of the uninsured don’t know that financial assistance is available,” says Elin. “So, we’re really trying to make sure know they can get that help.”

About 73-percent of Illinoisans who’ve signed up for care are receiving financial assistance. Elin says they’ll be out all across the state in the coming weeks, educating people about their financial options and helping them get signed up.

Bethel AME Church at 905 North Clay will be hosting an enrollment event February 1st.

Elin says one of their biggest priorities is making sure people understand their options.

“We have several different types of events happening in Illinois geared toward educating the public about their financial assistance options, letting them know they can’t be discriminated against because of pre-existing conditions and all those important pieces of the new law,” says Elin.

To find more events near you, check out

You can also call the Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living at 245-8371 or the Morgan County Health Department at 245-5111 to set up a free appointment for enrollment assistance.

If you are looking to enroll, the next application deadline is:

  • February 15 and your coverage would start March 1st.
  • March 15th and your coverage would start April 1st.
  • The final deadline to apply for health insurance is March 31st and coverage would begin May 1st. This marks the end of the open enrollment period.

After that residents will face a penalty if they are not insured.