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Illinois Department of Insurance Announces the start of ACA Open Enrollment

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Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace started this week and goes through Jan. 15, 2022.

The Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI) said the number of health insurance carriers on the ACA Marketplace is increasing for 2022.

There are eleven carriers for plan year 2022, up from eight in plan year 2021, and five in plan year 2020.  New health insurance carriers this year are Molina Healthcare of Illinois, Inc., Oscar Health Plan, and UnitedHealthcare of Illinois, Inc.

“With the entry of three new carriers, people within the Chicagoland area and nearby areas have even more plans to choose from,” said IDOI Acting Director Dana Popish Severinghaus. “There are 275 plans, and while not every plan is available in every county, many will have little to no change from the number of plans offered last year. That is good news for Illinoisans in need of health coverage.”

The IDOI said most Illinois consumers will have more plans to choose from than in the previous year and more than one carrier to pick from. There is also an average 3% decrease in premiums statewide for the second lowest-cost Silver benchmark plans. Also, rate decreases for lowest-cost Gold plans are available this year in more counties.

“When Illinois consumers purchase health plans through the ACA Marketplace, they can be assured that the plans cover pre-existing conditions and offer free preventive care services,” said Laura Pellikan, Executive Director for Get Covered Illinois. “At Getcoveredillinois.gov, we can connect you to local assisters in your area who can help walk you through the enrollment process. You can also click on the Shop and Enroll button to answer three questions that will help us direct you to either the ACA Marketplace or Medicaid.”

More than 291,000 Illinoisans enrolled in ACA Marketplace health insurance plans during open enrollment last year, and 54,432 more purchased plans during the Special Enrollment Period in Response to COVID-19, the IDOI said in their statement.  

Get Covered Illinois (GCI), a division of the Illinois Department of Insurance, is the official health marketplace or “exchange” for Illinois consumers to purchase quality, affordable health insurance, facilitated by the federal government through the ACA Marketplace.

For information on the ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment Period, visit: Get Covered Illinois

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