Get Covered Illinois http://wuis.org en Illinois Health Campaign Among Nation's Costliest http://wuis.org/post/illinois-health-campaign-among-nations-costliest <p>The campaign to promote President Barack Obama's health care law in his home state of Illinois has been one of the nation's costliest with a $33<br />million contract for work by high-priced public relations experts.<br />&nbsp;<br />An <a href="http://hosted.ap.org/interactives/2014/illinois-health-ads/">Associated Press review</a> of hundreds of documents finds more than 90 people billed at least $270 an hour under a contract with few built-in restraints.<br />&nbsp; Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:13:14 +0000 AP: Carla Johnson 27115 at http://wuis.org Illinois Health Campaign Among Nation's Costliest Young People, Medicaid Concerns As Obamacare Deadline Looms http://wuis.org/post/young-people-medicaid-concerns-obamacare-deadline-looms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>With one week left to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, Illinois' enrollment numbers are on track to meet their goals. But, many newly covered Illinoisans aren't actually buying private insurance.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 114,000 people in Illinois have bought insurance under </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. But 200,000 more have been signed up for Medicaid, the state's healthcare program for the poor.</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:02:04 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21555 at http://wuis.org Young People, Medicaid Concerns As Obamacare Deadline Looms Area Man Signs Up For Health Insurance Via Satire Website http://wuis.org/post/area-man-signs-health-insurance-satire-website <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new banner of ads will top </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Onion</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> website. This is the state's latest effort to get young people to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The Onion</em> is known for its satire, but this is no joke.</span></p><p>As the Affordable Care Act's March 31 deadline approaches, Illinois officials are trying to get a demographic they call the "Young Invincibles" to sign up.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:06:24 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 18714 at http://wuis.org Area Man Signs Up For Health Insurance Via Satire Website Another Affordable Care Act Deadline This Week http://wuis.org/post/another-affordable-care-act-deadline-week <p></p><p>It has been roughly two weeks since the first batch of consumers who signed up for the Affordable Care Act have been able to use their insurance. There's another deadline this week.</p><p></p><p>Consumers who signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act by Christmas saw their new benefits kick in Jan. 1.</p><p></p><p>There's no telling how many Illinois residents that is: the government hasn't released enrollment numbers for December. But insurers and so-called navigators, who are charged with helping people sign up, reported a last-minute rush.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:31:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 16805 at http://wuis.org Another Affordable Care Act Deadline This Week Busy First Day For Illinois Health Exchange http://wuis.org/post/busy-first-day-illinois-health-exchange <p>More than 69,000 people visited Illinois&#39; new health insurance marketplace by late Tuesday, the first opportunity to comparison shop for<br />coverage through a system that&#39;s a key piece of President Barack Obama&#39;s signature health care law. But people hoping to enroll weren&#39;t getting much further, as the federally run website experienced glitches and delays.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;At a health center on Chicago&#39;s west side, workers said their goal for the day<br />was to get just one person enrolled, but none of the people who came in were Tue, 01 Oct 2013 23:13:19 +0000 Associated Press 10082 at http://wuis.org Busy First Day For Illinois Health Exchange Quinn Says Health Marketplace Launch "Historic" http://wuis.org/post/quinn-says-health-marketplace-launch-historic <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says the launch of the health insurance marketplace marks a ``historic&#39;&#39; day that will change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans. &nbsp;<br />Quinn spoke at a press conference in Chicago on Tuesday, the same day the marketplace opened in Illinois and other states. &nbsp;<br />But the federal website where people enroll was experiencing some glitches. Consumers couldn&#39;t get beyond initial screens, and some reported waits of 20 minutes on a hotline set up to assist them. &nbsp;<br />Quinn says glitches are part of any new endeavor. &nbsp; Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:55:25 +0000 Associated Press 10056 at http://wuis.org Quinn Says Health Marketplace Launch "Historic" Illinois To Launch Obamacare Ad Campaign http://wuis.org/post/illinois-launch-obamacare-ad-campaign <p>Illinois will launch an advertising campaign Tuesday to inform Illinois residents about the health insurance marketplace opening that day that will connect people with new benefits under President Barack Obama&#39;s health care law. &nbsp;<br />Marketplace spokeswoman Kelly Sullivan provided copies of the ads to The Associated Press. She says the Get Covered Illinois campaign will begin with newspaper ads in 50 state markets. Radio and TV ads are planned for later this fall. &nbsp; Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:54:05 +0000 Associated Press 9962 at http://wuis.org Illinois To Launch Obamacare Ad Campaign Healthcare Marketplace To Be Called 'Get Covered Illinois' http://wuis.org/post/healthcare-marketplace-be-called-get-covered-illinois <p></p><p>Illinois officials have decided on a brand name for the new health insurance marketplace set to open Tuesday.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn's administration unveiled the name Wednesday: It's&nbsp; "Get Covered Illinois.'' The brand tagline is "The Official Health Marketplace.''</p><p>Deputy Gov. Cristal Thomas says the administration wanted a name that was "very clear about what this product has to offer.''</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:49:18 +0000 Associated Press 9624 at http://wuis.org Healthcare Marketplace To Be Called 'Get Covered Illinois'