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Saturday, September 28, 2013
GET COVERED ILLINOIS! CNN: good article on Obamacare Open Enrollment
Thanks to all who attended the Women and Minorities Outreach event on Obamacare September 23rd about the upcoming Open Enrollment starting Oct 1.
Giovanni Gomez of the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace Team from Governor Quinn's Office speaks to the people attending the September 23 event.
Watch for Governor Quinn's "Get Covered Illinois" roll-out over the next week as well.
Obamacare open enrollment: Here's everything you need to know
ByJen Christensen, CNN
updated 6:27 PM EDT, Thu September 26, 2013
(CNN)-- Amy Braun-Gross is counting the hours until October 1.
It's not her birthday nor her anniversary.
October 1 is the day that marks the first time ever she will be allowed to buy health insurance.
Like more than 48 million other Americans, the Wisconsin stay-at-home mom does not have insurance to pay for doctor bills if she gets sick. It's particularly disconcerting when she thinks about her husband, Chris, who runs a tree-cutting business. Being an arborist is physically demanding. He has fallen out of trees.
Oct. 1 -- March 31open enrollment for health insurance marketplaces.
Dec. 14-- buy your plan through the exchange by this date if you want it to start by January 1, 2014
Jan. 1, 2014-- all legal residents and U.S. citizens must have qualifying health coverage
Oct. 15- Dec. 7, 2014--the next Open Enrollment Period for the marketplaces.
"You know something as simple as a sprained ankle, none of that is covered right now, none of it," Braun-Gross said. "To add the cost of that to the debt we already have, we'd basically be up a creek."
Braun-Gross and her husband have tried to get insurance before, but they don't qualify. They both work hard, and they're college educated. But because of some pre-existing conditions, including Braun-Gross' weight, insurance companies haven't wanted their business.
Obamacarewill change all that. The law forbids insurance companies from rejecting people like Braun-Gross because of theirpre-existing conditions. To make that affordable, though, one of the most controversial parts of the Affordable Care Act is about to go into effect.