January 17, 2014
Not all states have a state run health insurance exchange. In Illinois, our official health marketplace (exchange) is Get Covered Illinois. Get Covered Illinois is where uninsured/under-insured Illinois residents shop, compare, and purchase their health insurance. The Patient Protection Act specified some basic requirements that state run exchanges should have. Not all states decided to develop a state run exchange. In these instances, they will use the one set up by the federal government, www.Healthcare.gov.
Kaiser Family Foundation has recently published reports to share how the ACA is impacting the uninsured in each state. To read more about the uninsured in Illinois, visit: http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-illinois/