Federal Health Care Subsidies Could Be At Risk For Illinois Residents

Nov 17, 2014

The U.S. Supreme court has agreed to take up a case that could put the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy. But health care advocates in the state are still urging residents to check out their options as the second enrollment period for Obamacare is underway.

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The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether federal subsidies can be given to residents in states, like Illinois, that did not create their own online marketplaces. In the meantime, subsidies to help cover the cost of insurance will still be available.

The open enrollment period for 2015 started over the weekend and will last until December fifteenth.

Jillian Phillips with the Campaign for Better Health Care says that more than three-quarters of residents who bought insurance through the exchange last year qualified for financial help.

“So long as the subsidies are available, they will not be taken away from any consumers. So consumers should proceed just as they were going to and not think that they're going to kind of have to pay back anything or that anything will be taken away,” Phillips said.

Those who purchased insurance through the exchange last year can use the open enrollment to change their coverage.

If they do not make any changes before the middle of next month, they will be automatically re-enrolled in their current plans.