Some reform applications will not be available to area residents Oct. 1

Regarding the Oct. 1 start of open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as health care reform), the state of Illinois is now providing further details about the launch of the its Health Insurance Marketplace, “Get Covered Illinois" and ... read more

What does health reform do for people on Medicare?

The new health reform law benefits people on Medicare in a number of ways. This three-minute video explains some of the ways, such as ending out-of-pocket expenses for recommended screenings, checkups and other preventive services. It features John Rother, executive vice president of policy and strategy for AARP. This video is ... read more

The YouToons get ready for healthcare reform

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. Written and produced ... read more

Healthcare Reform in 2014

Jan. 1 will be more than the beginning of the new year in 2014. It will also mark the date when many key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform take effect. These provisions are intended to make it easier for you to purchase health insurance. They’ll also provide ... read more

5 Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Health Plan

Good health may be the most important thing anyone can possess. Good health insurance can play an important role in helping you achieve it. When selecting a health plan, there's a lot to consider. Cost is certainly one factor but it shouldn't be the only one. It's to your advantage to ... read more

Staying Well: 5 ways to prevent a return trip to the hospital

Having to stay in the hospital is probably not your idea of a good time. And when you're discharged, chances are you don't want to return. It's nice to have skilled, compassionate care you can depend on when you need it. But staying healthy--and avoiding a return trip to the ... read more

The Affordable Care Act: What’s in Place Now

A work in progress. That's one way to think of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health care reform legislation that was signed into law in 2010. The ACA was passed in an effort to reduce the number of Americans without health insurance and decrease overall health care costs. In many ways, ... read more

Need Health Insurance?

Buying it might be easier and cheaper with the new insurance exchanges. Imagine shopping for health insurance the way you shop for clothes at the mall. You could see your choices, get answers to your questions, and select the health plan that fits you and your budget best. That's what you'll get ... read more