STATELINE (WIFR) – Starting tomorrow, nearly two million people in Illinois who are uninsured can start shopping for health insurance. It hasn’t been easy to understand and some people have more questions, than answers.
“I have no idea about the programs, I didn’t know anything about open enrollment.”
Misty Young says she wants to find the best health insurance coverage for her family, however she says she has no clue where to start.
“I’m going to be a little nervous because I want to make sure I’m picking the right one, I don’t want to get locked into a plan where I don’t like it or misunderstand something,” said Young.
Young says she just found out about the new Illinois health insurance plan that’s suitable for their family.
“I think people are just worried, I think there’s a lot out there that people are just scared.”
According to a survey by the Non-Partisan Commonwealth Fund, 60% of adults don’t know about the website or that it will offer some people help in paying for their coverage.
“Think of it sort of like if you’re shopping for travel. Instead of going to each airline independently or each insurance company separately, you’re coming to one website where all the insurance companies are lined up side by side and you can sort and filter them by the things you want.”
The Winnebago County Health Department hired 20 counselors to guide people through the enrollment process. They are available through local agencies like Crusader Clinic and the YWCA in Winnebago County.
Enrollment starts tomorrow. We have until December 15th to sign up to have coverage by the January 1st deadline. For more help with Open Enrollment, visit our Affordable Care Act Answers page here.