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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Illinois awards $5M for health insurance outreach workers

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Illinois awards $5M for health insurance outreach workers

Consumers can shop for private health insurance beginning November 1

Illinois awards $5M for health insurance outreach workers

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois has announced 10 community groups will help with consumer outreach during the third annual health insurance enrollment period under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The Illinois Department of Insurance announced Friday that $5 million in federal funding would go to groups mostly located in Chicago and its suburbs.

Far fewer positions will be funded than last year. Grants under the Affordable Care Act are running out and there is no new money for states.

About 150 enrollment counselor positions will be funded under an extension that allows Illinois to use unspent money. Last year, about 400 similar positions were paid for with federal grants of $28.7 million.

Consumers can shop for private health insurance beginning Nov. 1. The enrollment period closes Jan. 31, 2016.

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