The director of the Illinois Department of Public Health says thousands of people are getting signed up for health care coverage through a state website… but only if they qualify for the state’s expanded Medicaid program.
For uninsured Illinoisans who don’t meet the income requirements for that program, Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck says it’s still “hurry up and wait” because of the continuing malfunctions at the federal insurance exchange website. More than 30,000 people have been able to use the getcoveredillinois.gov website to obtain coverage under Medicaid… but for all others, Illinois’s system kicks them to the federal healthcare.gov site, which still doesn’t work properly, a month after launch.
The state plans a series of informational events on health care reform in Springfield and around the state Saturday. Get a list of events at getcoveredillinois.gov.