URBANA — With a little more than a month left before Affordable Care Act open enrollment closes, the University of Illinois Extension says it's providing an unbiased resource to help people make their health insurance choices.
On a website called the Affordable Care Act in Illinois , the extension is providing fact sheets, a short video called "Health Reform Hits Main Street" and a list of other online resources.
Extension specialist Chelsey Byers said there's been a lot out there about Obamacare, "for and against it," and this website sticks to the facts.
"We have no hidden agendas," she adds. "It's just what people need to know, the facts about it."
Some of the topics available include how the Affordable Care Act affects individuals through access to the health care system and insurance, health insurance options for small businesses, how the health insurance marketplace works and how people can protect themselves from fraud.
Nearly everyone who lacks health insurance must enroll in a health plan for this year by March 31 or face a financial penalty, and open enrollment is set to end March 31.
After that deadline, only those with so-called qualifying life events, such as marriage, divorce, a move to a new state or certain changes in income or family size, are eligible for a special enrollment period.