Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2016-10-26
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


Get Covered Illinois works on ACA health care signups
From press releases

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email, the official online marketplace where Illinois residents, families and small business owners can get connected to health coverage options, reached one million unique visitors by mid-February.

"The steadily building traffic we are seeing on shows that people in Illinois are taking action to get covered, and we are building momentum into the homestretch," Jennifer Koehler, executive director for Get Covered Illinois said in a press release. "One million people have visited the site to get information about the affordable health coverage options that are available to people across Illinois."

Since the website launched on Oct. 1, 2013, more than 439,000 visitors have used the screening tool on the site that directs visitors to either or ABE ( )—the State of Illinois' online application system where consumers can apply directly for Medicaid, nutrition and income assistance.

The Spanish-language version of the site, which launched on Oct. 22, 2013, has received more than 19,000 visits and has had nearly 5,000 visitors participate in the screening tool.

As of Jan. 31, 88,602 Illinois residents have selected a private health insurance plan through the federal website. In addition, more than 168,000 Illinois residents have enrolled in Medicaid under the ACA, bringing the total that have gained access to health coverage in the state to more than 256,000.

Digital promotions, including search advertising and social media, are a key component of Get Covered Illinois' marketing campaign. Since December, Get Covered Illinois' Facebook followers have tripled to more than 5,000. Recently, Get Covered Illinois announced a partnership with Onion Labs, the creative services division of The Onion. The partnership calls for The Onion to run ads on its website targeted to young adults between the ages of 21 and 34.

As the March 31 enrollment deadline approaches, Get Covered Illinois is ramping up enrollment efforts to engage the uninsured across the state through a mix of traditional and non-traditional sources. Over the next six weeks, Get Covered Illinois will be reaching out to residents of all ages across the state through digital, radio and TV advertisements, and promotions both online and at in-person events. Uninsured residents must enroll in a health insurance policy by March 15 to be covered on April 1.

Get Covered Illinois is urging health care consumers to take advantage of the assistance that is being offered via the web, over the phone and in person through hundreds of community partners across the state:

— Visit their website at ( which includes a Spanish-language version ).

— Call the Get Covered Illinois Help Desk at 866-311-1119. Operators are available each day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

— Meet in person with a specially trained "Navigator" who can help you understand your options and help you even enroll at one of the hundreds of partner sites across the state. There are more than 1,500 Navigators throughout the state that can be located by visiting the website and entering your zip code or through the Help Desk.

Get Covered Illinois also launched #GCISuccess, a series of testimonial videos designed to make "health coverage personal." The video series features the stories of real Illinois residents who have enrolled for health coverage with the help of Get Covered Illinois, and the stories of certified navigators across Illinois. Featured in the #GCISuccess series is the enrollment story of Carlos Gaytan, chef and owner of the Michelin star-rated Chicago restaurant, Mexique, and fourth runner up in the latest season of 'Top Chef,' Bravo's Emmy award-winning reality cooking competition show.

Get Covered Illinois has also partnered with CVS/pharmacy's Project Health program to provide education and enrollment information about health coverage.

Follow Get Covered Illinois on:

Facebook: .

Twitter: @CoveredIllinois

Hashtag: #GetCoveredIllinois

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

GUEST COLUMN 2017 brings continued progress on LGBTQ health 2016-10-26 - More than one year after marriage equality became the law of the land nationwide, President Obama, Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, and my colleagues ...

Gay News

Event focuses on potential foster parents of teens 2016-10-26 - An Oct. 22 gathering at Kennedy-King College encouraged families to open their homes for teenage foster children. Approximately 40 people attended. In a ...

Gay News

Howard Brown Health hosts hauntingly fun affair 2016-10-26 - While most Chicagoans focused on the Cubs vs. Dodgers fifth ( and World Series-clinching ) game, Howard Brown Health held its second annual ...

Gay News

Disarm event takes first, unified steps in ending gun violence 2016-10-23 - It was a haunting rendition of Andra Day's "Rise Up" performed by Victor Valencia which set the tone for the LGBTQ Town Hall ...

Gay News

Cancer research gala raises $4.1M 2016-10-19 - Gateway for Cancer Research raised $4.1 million at its 25th annual Cures Gala on Oct. 15 at the Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom. ...

Gay News

Fitness expo back in Chicago -- with one change 2016-10-19 - The fitness/wellness expo known as Club Industry returned to Chicago Oct. 12-14. However, there was one big change this year. Instead of ...

Gay News

'Fostering Our Teens' event Oct. 22 2016-10-19 - The Call to Action: Foster our Youth! Coalition in partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pride Action Tank, Windy ...

Gay News

Gloria Steinem gives address at luncheon on reproductive freedom 2016-10-19 - According to activist Gloria Steinem, the right to reproductive freedom "is at least as basic a freedom of speech or freedom of assembly, ...

Gay News

National:, Spirit Day app, LGBTs and gun violence 2016-10-18 - NASTAD ( National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors ) announced the launch of a new online training platform,, to help ...

Gay News

2015 Report on Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ, HIV-Affected Communities released 2016-10-18 - NATIONAL—Today the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) released its report Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence ...


Copyright © 2016 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.
[email protected]  •  [email protected]  •  [email protected]

Website Powered by