Your Source for Health Reform

Topic: is the federal ACA website, which serves as the online health insurance exchange for states that have not set up their own. The site was overhauled after a troubled launch, and as of March 2014, 36 states relied on as their online Health Insurance Marketplace.

Form 1095-A Timeline

A January 2015 news article summarizes when consumers who purchased 2014 federal marketplace plans will receive a new tax-filing document from the marketplace. The article explains what consumers should do if they do not obtain the form 1095-A.

Answers to Common Marketplace Enrollment Issues

These November 2014 tips from the Blog are intended to help Marketplace users address common challenges, such as how to retrieve your username, unlock your account, and reset your password. There is also a link to the Marketplace call center in case you need a customer service representative to reset your password or unlock your account.

7 Things to Know About Reporting a Life Change

Once you have Marketplace coverage, it’s important to make sure your information stays up to date. This information may change the coverage or savings you’re eligible for. It’s important to report life changes to the Marketplace right away. This July 2014 fact sheet from gives you all the details.

Creating a Account

This short set of slides, intended to guide consumers through the process of setting up an account on the Health Insurance Marketplace, shows you what you need to have ready, and the simple steps it takes to create the account.

List of Qualified Health Plans on the Illinois Marketplace

This data set from lists the Qualified Health Plans for individuals and families on the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace by county, with sample premiums. (For qualified SHOP plans, see this page.)

Marketplace Application Checklist

Use this checklist from to help you gather what you need to apply for coverage in the health insurance marketplace.

The Summary of Benefits and Uniform Glossary

All insurance companies and group health plans must use the same standard SBC form to help you compare health plans. You have the right to receive the SBC when shopping for or enrolling in coverage or if you request a copy from your issuer or group health plan. These are linked from will also provide consumers with a new resource, in the form of an online glossary, to help them understand some of the most common but confusing jargon used in health insurance.

Impact of the Affordable Care Act for Illinois

This September 2012 summary of state-specific information from provides a list of the improvements that the ACA is already making for small businesses, individuals, and community organizations in Illinois.

Encontrar opciones de seguro ( in Spanish)

Esta herramienta lo ayudará a encontrar el seguro médico que mejor se adapta a sus necesidades, ya sea un seguro privado para individuos, familias y pequeñas empresas o programas públicos que pueden que pueden servirle. Fue creada para ayudar a los consumidores bajo la ley de reforma del seguro médico, la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio.

Off-Marketplace Insurance Plan Finder

This interactive tool at helps you find and compare private health plans that are available outside the Marketplace. Note that this tool only identifies plans based on basic information you provide. It doesn’t let you buy. If you find a plan that meets your needs, you can buy it directly from the insurance company.