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Affordable Care Act

For coverage starting January 1, 2018, the open enrollment period on the ACA Marketplace is November 1, 2017 - December 15, 2017.

HealthCare.Gov(link is external) is the government’s Affordable Care Act website.   The site was created as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the nation’s health reform law that was signed into effect in March of 2010.  It offers coverage options by creating Health Insurance Marketplaces with access to health insurance information and the opportunity to purchase health insurance. 

The AARP(link is external) site has several helpful resources including Health Law Answers(link is external) - a tool that allows you a preview of options, based on information that you enter (state, gender, age, household, income, etc.).  This section also includes fact sheets such as “Choosing a Health Care Plan:  Coverage, Cost, Compare,” and “What the Health Care Law Means for Small Businesses.”

IRS Affordable Care Act Tax Information(link is external) - clarifies many questions, such as whether there is a penalty for not having health insurance, and whether you can receive a tax credit for insurance that’s not purchased through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Kaiser Family Foundation(link is external) can help you calculate whether or not you will qualify for a subsidy.

Illinois Health Care Matters(link is external)  provides updates and resources about the Affordable Care Act's impact on various audiences in Illinois including individuals, small businesses, and community organizations.

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