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Are you one of the 3+ million who have enrolled? Should you be?

As of February 1, 2014, it has been reported that over 3.3 million Americans have signed up for healthcare through the marketplace. If you are currently uninsured, you may want to spend a little time looking through www.getcoveredillinois.gov to see what kind of plan would work best for you.

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ACA Spurs We Choose Health Initiative in Illinois

Did you know that the Illinois Department of Public Health has implemented an obesity and tobacco prevention initiative as a result of funding from the Affordable Health Care Act? The We Choose Health initiative is working with local coalitions and communities to introduce proactive health programs that fall under three categories: Health Eating and Active Living; Smoke-free Living; and Healthy and Safe Built Environment. To find out more, check out the We Choose Health website: http://www.idph.state.il.us/wechoosehealth/index.htm

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Preventative Care Benefits and Essential Health Benefits are not the Same

Preventative care and essential health benefits are two terms that you may have heard in relationship to you the Affordable Care Act (ACA). You may at quick glance or without thought think they are referring to the same benefits but they in fact are separate health benefits covered under the ACA.

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Health Insurance Costs

When shopping for health insurance does your head feel like it is going to spin when you hear lots of terms that you may not be familiar with or completely clear on? Some common terms that you may come across include premiums, deductibles, co-pays, coinsurance and out of pocket maximum.

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Are you going for Gold? Which Healthcare Plan best meets your needs?

With the Olympics in full swing, we hear about and read about people getting the gold, the silver or maybe the bronze. When it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) you too can go for bronze, silver, gold and even platinum.

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65+ and on Medicare? How does the ACA affect you?

 

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What's the difference between

What's the difference between "Obamacare" and the Affordable Care Act?

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Targeted groups the ACA is aiming to reach

Do you or someone you know fall into one of the targeted groups that the ACA is trying to reach?

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