Your Source for Health Reform

Topic: Marketplace



The ACA created health insurance marketplaces where people can purchase health plans available in their state. Consumers and small businesses can purchase insurance online at GetCoveredIllinois.gov or through other means, such as insurance companies or brokers.


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Open (and Understand) Your Mail

This September 2015 list of 9 facts from the IRS explains the notices that may be delivered to the mailboxes of Marketplace consumers.

A Safety Plan That Includes Health Insurance

This October 2015 tip sheet from In the Loop explains how survivors of domestic violence can purchase a Marketplace plan and qualify for financial assistance after leaving their abuser.

Bronze, Silver or Gold?

This fact sheet from Families USA, updated for the 2015-2016 period, explains the metal levels that are used to organize Marketplace health insurance plans.

What You Need to Get Covered

This fact sheet from BeCovered, identifies what documentation and information people will need when signing up for health insurance through the Marketplace. The fact sheet is updated for the 2015-2016 enrollment cycle. The information is in English and Spanish.

Find Enrollment Assisters Near You!

The Enroll America connector tool identifies Navigators, Certified Application Counselors and In-Person Counselors who work close by.

Shop Smart for the Right Health Insurance Plan This Year

This September 2015 Consumer Reports blog entry describes best practices when shopping for health insurance. The post offers tips on comparing plans.

Put Insurance on Your Back to School Shopping List

This blog post from marketplace.gov explains the health insurance options for college students.

Do You Qualify for Financial Help?

These tables from Families USA show how your income affects how much financial assistance you’ll get to pay for health insurance. The tables are updated for third Open Enrollment cycle running from November 1, 2015  to January 31, 2016.

Financial Help to Get Covered

This August 2015 fact sheet from the In the Loop explains cost-sharing reductions and what marketplace consumers are eligible for them.

Now that You’re Covered

This July 2015 fact sheet from the Small Business Health Collaborative outlines tips for the newly insured so that they can get the most out of their health insurance plans. Community organizations and brokers can share with consumers who are new to health insurance coverage.

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