Planning for Open Enrollment Round 3
Nearly a million Illinois residents have gained health insurance since the ACA opened for business in October 2013. But the vast majority of them got coverage through the expanded Medicaid program.
By contrast, little more than a third of those eligible for coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace have signed up. With just 37% of the Marketplace-eligible population enrolled, Illinois ranks 20th out of the 37 states that operate their marketplaces using the federal HealthCare.gov website.
This means that close to two-thirds of Illinois' Marketplace-eligible population still remains uninsured – a total of some 600,000 people. Ten areas of the state together account for over 100,000 eligible uninsured – one-sixth of the state's total.