SPRINGFIELD — The state has come up with an official name for its health insurance marketplace: Get Covered Illinois.
"Illinois is launching the largest, most ambitious wellness initiative in our state's history, as well as launching a culture of coverage," Deputy Gov. Cristal Thomas said in a written statement Wednesday. "This will take a massive education effort, and it starts with 'Get Covered Illinois.' We wanted a name that was very clear about what this product has to offer."
The state expects at least 300,000 people to sign up for coverage in the marketplace, for which open enrollment starts Oct. 1.
The marketplace will be accessed online for comparing and applying for health coverage and subsidies and applying to the state's Medicaid program.
In-person community partner information — where consumers can go to get help — will be provided by ZIP code, the Quinn administration says.
Public health departments in the area will be providing in-person enrollment assistance.