New & Noteworthy:

Illinois

Ill. insurance marketplace to open special enrollment for married, gay couples

Sunday, June 1, 2014

ChicagoIllinois‘ health insurance marketplace is now allowing married, gay and lesbian couples to enroll for private coverage.

get-covered-illinoisNow that same-sex marriage is legal in the state, Get Covered Illinois announced it will open up special enrollment periods for gay couples.

Married same-sex couples and their children can enroll as a family and may qualify for financial help.

Illinois’ gay marriage law took effect Sunday, though some cities have already allowed same-sex marriage ceremonies.

The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to offer the same coverage to people in same-sex marriages as they do to opposite-sex spouses.

Under the law, marriage is a qualifying life event that makes people eligible for a special enrollment period. The period lasts two months in the state’s marketplace and one month under an employer’s marketplace plan.

© 2014, Associated Press, All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Share this article with your friends and followers:
Comments
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Google+ Follow us on YouTube