Healthcare Reform and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Resources

Please note: If you don’t want to go online or you don’t have easy access to a computer, you can call for more help. The government has set up a call center with staff that speaks 150 languages. You can reach them 24 hours a day, seven days a week toll free at 800-318-2596, and hearing impaired callers using TTY/TDD technology can dial 855-889-4325 for assistance. For Illinois-specific information, you may call the Health Insurance Reform Center of the Illinois Department of Insurance at 877-527-9431.

Federal Resources
The official U.S. government website from the Dept. of Health and Human Services for information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The Spanish language version of the site.
The Affordable Care Act and Medicare
A federal government website managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that offers more information about how the ACA may affect those individuals who are eligible for Medicare.
VA, Affordable Care Act and You
This U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs site offers information about how the ACA may affect veterans and their families.

State of Illinois and Local Resources

Enroll Lake County!
This local initiative helps Lake County residents understand and apply for new health insurance options.
The official State of Illinois website to explore coverage options for our state insurance marketplace under the ACA.
Health Insurance Reform Center - Illinois Dept. of Insurance
A clearinghouse site for healthcare reform and how it will affect Illinois.
Illinois Health Matters
Sponsored by a coalition of health policy and community organizations, this site explains the changes the State of Illinois has been implementing to provide affordable and quality care for all residents under the ACA.
SHOP Marketplace for Small Business Owners
The SHOP Marketplace is part of GetCoveredIllinois designed specifically for employers with 50 or fewer full-time-equivalent employees (FTEs) to explore coverage options.

Specialized Resources

AARP - Health Law Answers
This website, sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) provides state-specific information about the ACA.
This site, which focuses on how the ACA will affect small businesses, is sponsored by the Small Business Majority, a nonpartisan advocacy group.
Health Law Helper
Consumer Reports Magazines' free tool for making informed health insurance decisions.
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation = Health Insurance Subsidy Calculator
This tool illustrates health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance on their own in the new health insurance exchanges (or “marketplaces”) created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).