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ACA in Illinois

What’s Happening?

Enrollment for Illinois residents begins each year in November. There are deadlines for enrollment. The later you enroll the later your coverage will begin:

November 1 — December 15

Enroll/Change plans
December 16 — January 15

Enroll/Change plans
January 16 — January 31

Coverage Starts January 1 Coverage begins February 1 Coverage begins March 1

Open enrollment ends January 31. If you miss open enrollment, you will have to wait until the following year to enroll without penalty unless you have a qualifying life event. If you have a qualifying life event that changes your family status you may qualify for a special enrollment period.

Did you know that in Illinois...

Did You Know that in Illinois...

  • 52% of Illinois residents are covered by a small or large group insurance plan
  • 20% are covered by Medicaid
  • 12% are covered by Medicare or another form of public insurance
  • 4% are covered through an individual coverage plan
  • 12% are uninsured

Source: Deloitte Consulting LLP