The first day to enroll in health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act is only three weeks away in Illinois. And information is available now to help you understand how the law might impact you.
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is the lead agency in Champaign County for helping residents understand the law and providing guidance for enrollment. Public Health District Director Julie Pryde said the law does not affect seniors who are eligible for Medicare. But she said it does apply to anyone without health insurance.
Pryde said you can learn more about the law right now and enroll for health insurance beginning Oct. 1 by going to healthcare.gov.
A consumer group says the Affordable Care Act will impact about 20,000 people in Champaign County who don't have health insurance now. The first enrollment period will run from Oct. 1 to Mar. 1. Actual health insurance coverage starts Jan. 1.
Pryde said once the enrollment period begins, local public health departments will offer individual help in person or over the phone. Other help will be available in Champaign County through the Campaign for Better Healthcare and PACE.