CommunityHealth

Affordable Care Act

ACA

CommunityHealth remains committed to serving the uninsured. If you have questions about your eligibility for CommunityHealth services or the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), please call or visit our health center:

West Town: 2611 W Chicago Ave. 773.969.5924

What is the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA; also known as ‘Obamacare’) allows many people who could not afford health insurance in the past to now be covered.  To qualify for health care coverage through the ACA, you must be a U.S. citizen or a legal non-citizen.

  • Please check this website to find out of the open enrollment period for enrollment into the Marketplace is currently open. Click here to see if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
  • There is no deadline to qualify for Medicaid coverage. Click here to sign up.

Get Covered / Find Out if You’re Eligible

  • The first option is to be covered under an extension of Medicaid.  If you are covered by this extension of Medicaid, the federal and state government will work together to help cover your basic health costs.  Eligibility for Medicaid is determined month-to-month based on your income.  To read more about Illinois’ Medicaid program, please visit this website: http://www.hfs.illinois.gov/medical/apply.html.
  • The second option is to buy your own health insurance through the “Get Covered Illinois” Marketplace.   The Marketplace is a website where you will be able to compare different low-cost insurance plans.  Once you choose the best plan for you, you will be able to buy this health insurance on the “Get Covered Illinois” Marketplace website.  To read more about ”Get Covered Illinois” please visit this website: http://getcoveredillinois.gov/.  (Más información en Español/ Więcej informacji w polskim: http://getcoveredillinois.gov/fact-sheets/.)

To find out if you qualify to purchase health insurance through the Marketplace:

  • If you have questions about the qualifying process, please find a certified Navigator, who will help guide you through this process.  Here is a website that can help you find a certified Navigator: http://getcoveredillinois.gov/get-help/.
  • To qualify for health care coverage through the ACA, you must be a U.S. citizen or a legal non-citizen.
  • Please check this website to find out of the open enrollment period for enrollment into the Marketplace is currently open. Click here to learn more about when and how to enroll.

To learn more about the ACA, the new options for health insurance (extended Medicaid and the “Get Covered Illinois” Marketplace), and to find out if you qualify for this new health insurance, check out the following information:

Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA; aka ‘Obamacare’) is a law that allows millions of Americans who were previously uninsured to qualify for new health care coverage starting January 1, 2014.  This law makes health care insurance more available by (1) expanding the existing Medicaid system to include more low-income individuals and families, and (2) creating the Marketplace -where individuals and families can purchase affordable health care insurance.  In Illinois 1,403,608 uninsured people were qualified for this new health care coverage in 2014.

To read more about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you can visit this website: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/index.html

To read more about how the ACA affects the state of Illinois, you can visit this website: http://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/PublicInvolvement/AffordableCareAct/Pages/default.aspx

What is the Marketplace?

The “Get Covered Illinois” Marketplace is a new way to find affordable health care coverage online.  It is a place where you can compare and contrast different health care coverage options available to you.  The “Get Covered Illinois” website is also where you select and buy the best health insurance that fits you and your family’s needs.

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Apply to become a part of the “Get Covered Illinois” Marketplace at: http://getcoveredillinois.gov/explore-coverage-options/.

Información en Español/ Informacji w polskim: http://getcoveredillinois.gov/fact-sheets/.

If you have questions about the “Get Covered Illinois” Marketplace,  please find a certified navigator. Here is a website that will help you find a certified Navigator close to you: http://getcoveredillinois.gov/get-help/.

What does this mean for CommunityHealth?

CommunityHealth will continue to provide comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered health care at no cost to low-income, uninsured individuals in need of a medical home.

While the ACA will help some of our patients to be covered, either by the extension of Medicaid or by new health insurance purchased through the “Get Covered Illinois” Marketplace, there will still be some individuals that will ‘fall through the cracks’.  We at CommunityHealth will continue to serve these individuals who need a medical home and do not have health care insurance.  Furthermore, all of our services (including primary care, specialty care, dental care, social services, and health education) will not be fully covered by the ACA, leaving CommunityHealth with a gap to fill in the well-being of our patients and community-members.  No matter what, CommunityHealth will continue to be an important part of the community in West Town and the Chicago area.

Read CommunityHealth’s official statement here.