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Get Covered Illinois pushes for ACA enrollment at statewide event

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The Affordable Care Act is on the minds of millions as the government works to fix technical problems with the Healthcare.gov website.

While we wait for that to happen, a massive effort is underway in Illinois to get people enrolled.

Organizations across the state are hosting events today as a part of a "Cover Your Community" day of action.

This the largest statewide effort so far to inform people of their new health care options.

GetCoveredIllinois.gov is the state's official website marketplace. It directs people to the type of health insurance that would best suit them under the new federal health care laws, whether it is Medicaid, Medicare, or the health care marketplace.

Of the nearly 200 organizations hosting information sessions, several were held right here in Rockford.  The Winnebago County Health Department had a booth set up at the Rockford Public Library east branch, and all three Rockford hospitals also offered get covered events.

At each, counselors explained how to use the state website and answered questions.

But despite the effort to educate, many residents are still left with an overall sense of concern.

"I have been told by ICHIP that as of December 15th, which is 5 or 6 weeks from now, that I have to make a decision as to who I'm going to go with and it'll be effective January 1st because ICHIP will no longer cover me after the end of the year,' says Poplar Grove resident George Theisen

Shirley Scheidegger, of Rockford, says "I just feel it's so sad that they have to get this, I think they should have a choice, 'Yes I want it,' or 'No I don't want it'."

If you missed today's event, you can still go to any of the organizations involved with GetCoveredIllinois.gov and request a free one-on-one enrollment session.

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