The continuing failures of the federal health insurance website are leaving many uninsured local people with no way to explore options on the insurance exchanges.
Illinois’s system is tied into the federal healthcare.gov site… which has been plagued with glitches and breakdowns since it launched nearly a month ago. Last week, President Obama said that people had other options… including by phone or through designated agencies.
But Sangamon County Public Health Director Jim Stone says there is no provision for phone sign-up or written applications in Illinois, so county residents have few options until the website problems are fixed.
State Public Health Director Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck is scheduled to join us at 8:40 this morning to talk more about the efforts to help Illinoisans sign up for insurance coverage.