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Affordable Care Act & Health Insurance


In March of 2010, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. This federal law focuses on consumer choices and protections and makes it easier and more affordable for individuals to find and enroll on the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace or apply for the expanded Medicaid program online at or call (866) 311-1119, Monday – Saturday, 8am – 8 pm.

Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment
November 1 to January 31

Each year, the Health Insurance Marketplace plans an Open Enrollment period for individuals to enroll, renew, or change their marketplace healthcare insurance plans.

Some people qualify for Marketplace Special Enrollment Periods throughout the year.

If you missed the deadline to purchase health insurance coverage, you may still be able to enroll in a Marketplace plan if you have experienced certain life changes, like having a baby or getting married, or if a complex issue prevented you from enrolling or re-enrolling in coverage during the Open Enrollment Period.  Call to see if you qualify.

Medicaid Enrollment is open all year long.

There is no closed enrollment period for individuals to apply for the Medicaid program.

Peoria Area Application Assistance and Appointments

In the Peoria area, get local help with applications to purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace or to see if you qualify for Medicaid programs. Learn more about insurance plans and what they cover. Call for an appointment with an in-Person Counselor located at:

Heartland Community Health Clinic, Peoria....................309-680-7632

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Medicare Open Enrollment
October 15 to December 7

Medicare provides a yearly open enrollment period when individuals with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for the following year. People with Medicare can call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit  for plan information. If a person is satisfied that their current plan will meet their needs for next year, they don’t need to do anything.

SHOP Marketplace

The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace is for small employers (50 or fewer employees) who want to provide health and dental coverage plans to their employees - affordably, flexibly, and conveniently. You can start offering SHOP coverage to your employees any time of the year.

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Federal Health Insurance Marketplace:



SHOP Marketplace: Health Insurance for Small Businesses
The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace on is open to small employers with 1-50 employees. Small employers can offer their employees (and, dependents, if they choose) health and dental insurance at any time of year through the SHOP Marketplace.


Medicare & You: Understanding Your Medicare Choices
Learn about the different ways you can get Medicare coverage. This short 5 minute video explains the plans and benefits of original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medigap, and Parts A, B, C, and D.

Health Insurance Explained - The YouToons Have It Covered
Join the YouToons in a short video that explains health insurance using fun, easy-to-understand cartoons. It's a light-hearted treatment of a difficult topic such as insurance premiums, deductibles, and provider networks. The video explains paying for coverage, and obtaining medical care when enrolled in various types of health insurance.

The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare: Health Insurance Changes Coming Your Way Under the Affordable Care Act
2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare? Join the YouToons as they walk through the basic changes in the way Americans will get health coverage and what it will cost starting in 2014, when major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” go into effect.

Los YouToons Se Preparan Para Obamacare
Antes del inicio del período de inscripción abierta, el 1 de octubre, la Kaiser Family Foundation presenta un video en español para que el público comprenda mejor los cambios que vienen próximamente bajo la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio (Affordable Care Act o ACA, en inglés).

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