ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – To help keep residents protected from skyrocketing health care costs, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is urging residents to take advantage of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace.
“As we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, having quality health insurance is a vital part of keeping ourselves and our families healthy,” said Manley. “With health care costs becoming more and more expensive, being without health insurance can place residents in a terrible financial situation if they ever get sick. I highly encourage residents to take advantage of this opportunity and protect themselves from rising health costs.”
The open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, which opened on Nov. 1 and ends on Jan. 15, 2022, allows Illinoisans to enroll or switch health care plans. This year, residents will be able to choose from up to 275 plans from 11 different providers. In addition, health insurance rates decreased for many of the plans, making it easier for residents to obtain affordable health insurance. For more information or to find plans, please visit getcovered.illinois.gov/.
During her time in the General Assembly, Manley has worked to make health care more affordable. This session, she helped pass legislation requiring insurance companies to cover medically necessary treatment of mental, emotional or substance use disorders or conditions. Manley also worked to rein in drug prices by capping co-pays for insulin at $100 for a 30-day supply.
“Expanding access to health insurance is a critical piece of keeping members of our community healthy and safe,” said Manley. “No one should have to forgo medical treatment because they cannot pay for it, and I will continue to work to ensure everyone has access to affordable health care.”