The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 5, 2013

Session to discuss health care law set

Staff Report
The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — For those who still need information about the Affordable Care Act, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois will present a session on Tuesday.

The one-hour meeting will start at 10 a.m. Tuesday on the second floor at Vermilion Advantage, 28 W. North St.

The meeting is open to everyone, not just Blue Cross Blue Shield members. However, space is limited and people need to register in advance.

The new health care law became law in 2010 to improve the health care system. It aims to provide access to health insurance to more people, make it easy to shop for and buy health insurance and, over time, lower the cost of care.

At the educational session, people will learn: what actions they may want to take; how the new law will benefit individuals who already have insurance, don’t have insurance, or were denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition; how to shop and buy coverage on the new health insurance exchange websites; and how to get help paying for health insurance monetary subsidies for eligible people.

People will learn about requirements to get coverage and the penalty for not getting coverage.

Some parts of the law are in place now, and many more become effective on Jan. 1. People may begin to shop for an insurance plan on a health insurance exchange website now.

People may view and compare the health plan options on the Health Insurance Marketplace and enroll in their choice of 2014 health coverage now through March 31.

Dec. 15 is the deadline for coverage that takes effect Jan. 1.

A grassroots organization, Be Covered Illinois, has been formed to engage, educate, and enroll the uninsured. In addition to providing a bilingual website, informational materials, and a text campaign, Be Covered Illinois also has launched a bilingual consumer education hotline at (888) 809-2796. Consumers can call this toll-free number Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information about requirements of the new federal health care law.

To register To reserve your place at this educational session, call (866) 755-7326. Space is limited. Learn more about the law at www.becoveredillinois.org and www.healthcare.gov.