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GIOVANNI GOMEZ REGIONAL COORDINATOR OF OUTREACH The Affordable Care Act: Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.

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1 GIOVANNI GOMEZ REGIONAL COORDINATOR OF OUTREACH The Affordable Care Act: Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace

2 What is the Affordable Care Act? Signed into law on March 23, 2010 by President Obama. Includes provision for states to create Health Insurance Marketplaces for individuals, families, and small employers to purchase affordable plans  Consumers can sign up starting Oct. 1, 2013  Coverage starts Jan. 1, 2014

3 What does the ACA do now? Extend dependent eligibility to age 26 Children with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage Elimination of lifetime limits on coverage Preventive care covered Implementation of 80/20 rule that requires insurance companies spend at least 80% of premiums on health care

4 What does the ACA do in 2014? Equal premium rates for men and women No one can be denied because of a pre-existing condition The extension of Medicaid The establishment of the Marketplace  You may qualify for assistance to help with health care premiums and lower your out-of-pocket costs

5 What is the Marketplace? A place where you can review your options and apply for health insurance coverage, knowing the premiums, deductibles, and co-pays ahead of time! You can apply at the online marketplace, by phone, or by mail Assistance will be available in-person and over the phone if you need it.

6 How will it work? One Application Process The Marketplace and ABE

7 Eligibility for Individuals U.S. Citizen; U.S. National; Or otherwise lawfully present during the intended enrollment period. Not incarcerated Resident of Illinois

8 Who is Eligible for Tax Credits? Individuals and families with income between 100% to 400% FPL  Must be US citizens or lawfully present in the US  Must not be eligible for other “minimum essential coverage”  If your offered insurance at work and it fills all the requirements Lawfully residing immigrants with incomes below 100% FPL who are not eligible for Medicaid because of their immigration status

9 Who is Eligible for Tax Credits? FPL 400% 300% 200% 100% 300% 200% 133% Marketplace Children (All Kids) Pregnant Women Parents People w/ Disabilities Adults w/o Children Unsubsidized Subsidized Premiums on sliding scale.

10 Marketplace Plans Must include Essential Health Benefits:  Ambulatory patient services  Emergency services  Hospitalization  Maternity and newborn care  Mental health and substance use disorder services  Prescription drugs  Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices  Laboratory services  Preventive and wellness services including chronic disease management  Pediatric services including oral and vision care

11 Marketplace Plans Medaled plans:  Medal level signifies actuarial value, not content, of plan Platinum Gold Silver  Benchmark Plan Bronze Catastrophic coverage will be available to people under 30 and those who qualify for the individual exemption.

12 Example: Single Individual John  24 years old  Income of $22, 980 (200%FPL)  Expected Contribution: 6.3% or $1,448 Plans Covering John  Gold: $5,200  Silver Plan: $5,000  Benchmark Plan  Bronze: $4,800 Premium Credits  $5,000 - $1,448= $3,552 *These are not official prices*

13 $1,448 $3,552 $1,648 $1,848 $1,248

14 Eligibility for Individuals You could get a break on costs:  Consumers between 100% and 400% FPL are eligible for tax subsidies that are applied to premiums.  Consumers between 100%-250% FPL can receive cost-sharing reductions. Must be enrolled in a silver plan from the marketplace Must be eligible for the tax credit  Both are on a sliding scale.  Consumers also receive a cap on out-of-pocket spending.

15 Eligibility for Individuals Those who receive employer-provided insurance that meets ACA standards of value and affordability can apply for coverage on the Marketplace, but they are not eligible for tax subsidies.

16 Who Can Help You Through The Process? The IL Assistor Program  The In-person Counselor program (IPCs) & Navigators  No Wrong Door Policy Certified Application Counselors (CACs)  They will help you every step of the way.

17 Questions? Contact Information  Giovanni Gomez  Email:

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