Online Staff Report
CHICAGO — More than 6,100 residents of Winnebago County have enrolled in a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace as of Jan. 16, 2015, according to federal data.
“With more than 6,100 residents of Winnebago County enrolling in coverage, it’s no surprise that many residents understand the importance of getting covered,” said David Elin, Illinois state director for Enroll America and the Get Covered America campaign. “That being said, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done in a small amount of time. We have just 23 days left until the end of the open enrollment period, and it’s vital that we maximize our collective resources to reach out to those that need information about how to get enrolled. That means all hands on deck and working together until the final hour of the last day of open enrollment — Feb. 15.”
The latest numbers from the United States Department of Health and Human Services show that more than 286,000 Illinoisans have enrolled in coverage since open enrollment began. Early estimates from the first weeks of open enrollment show that more than 80 percent of Illinoisans who signed up received financial help to make their plans more affordable.
To reach the many consumers in Illinois who remain uninsured, Enroll America and the Get Covered America campaign are hosting multiple enrollment events throughout the state. Those who are not covered by the Feb. 15 deadline will pay a fine of $325 or 2 percent of the household income, whichever is higher.
Winnebago County residents can visit www.GetCoveredAmerica.org/Connector to find free, in-person help in their area.
Posted Jan. 23, 2015