In the spirit of keeping you informed on health-related issues, we want to help you better understand health care reform. Whether you're a fan or foe of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare or health care reform), the articles and video we've selected for this page will help you better understand: What the law includes; its impact on patients, providers and businesses; and the timing of how it will be implemented. Starting Tuesday, October 1, important elements of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented. Please keep informed by checking the resources below.
Kaiser video explains Obamacare
Learn more about "health insurance changes coming your way under the Affordable Care Act" in this video from The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
DuPage County resources
DuPage County Health Department source for enrollment locations, calendar of events and fact sheets to help navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Oct. 2 seminar: "What you need to know about the Affordable Care Act." Join Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D–Shorewood) and A.J. Wilhelmi, Chief Government Relations Officer, Illinois Hospital Association as they host an informational seminar on the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6:00 pm – 7:30 p.m. at the Edward Plainfield Outpatient Center, 127th St. and Van Dyke Rd. in Plainfield. (Parking/Campus Map)
The seminar will feature a presentation to explain how the ACA will affect individuals, families and seniors. To RSVP, please call (815) 254-4211 or e-mail Sen. Bertino-Tarrant.
More Illinois resources:
www.healthcarereform.illinois.gov – state of Illinois health care reform web site
www.hfs.illinois.gov – Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Affordable Care Act Implementation in Illinois – A consumer-oriented presentation from the Illinois Depts. of Healthcare and Family Services, Human Services, and Insurance, and Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.
www.healthcare.gov/ – U.S. government health care reform web site.
marketplace.cms.gov/ – U.S. government web site for consumers ready to learn about and buy health insurance.
"The Marketplace for Individuals & Families" – 1:43 video that explains how the Health Insurance Marketplace works.
Recent news articles
Affordable Care Act: For Illinois residents, a land of options, Chicago Tribune. Link to article or PDF.
Answers to questions about the Affordable Care Act, Chicago Tribune. Link to article or PDF.
Uninsured? It's time to sign up for 'Obamacare', Associated Press. Link to article.
Navigators will help people figure out their health insurance options under the new Affordable Care Act, Chicago Tribune, Link to article or PDF.