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July 2, 2021 — IDOI Announces Even More Unemployed Illinoisans Without Health Insurance Can Get Covered Because of the American Rescue Plan

Chicago – Beginning this month, more unemployed Illinoisans in need of health insurance may be eligible for financial help to purchase plans on the ACA Marketplace. Consumers who received unemployment compensation for any week beginning in 2021 (or are approved to receive benefits) may find even lower cost plans and reduce out-of-pocket health insurance expenses, according to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The American Rescue Plan, signed by President Biden earlier this year, offers increased savings for many consumers who buy health insurance directly through the ACA Marketplace. So, Illinoisans enrolling in ACA Marketplace coverage through and are eligible to receive increased tax credits to reduce their insurance premiums.

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June 22, 2021 — Notice of 2021 Supplemental Meetings for the Mental Health Parity Working Group
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April 20, 2021 — Public Notice for Mental Health Party Working Group Meeting Cancellation for 4-23-21

Cancellation Notice
State of Illinois, Department of Insurance, Department of Healthcare and Family Services, of the Public Act 100-1024 Working Group regarding Mental Health Parity. Notice is hereby given that that meeting of the Working Group regarding Mental Health Parity scheduled for April 23, 2021, from 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM, Central Time, via Webex conference call, for the purpose of discussing issues related to Mental Health Parity is cancelled.

April 13, 2021 — Don’t Let Spring Rains Flood Your Future
With threat of spring flooding, state officials urge residents to consider flood insurance

SPRINGFIELD –As Illinoisans welcome April showers and May flowers, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI), Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies throughout Illinois are reminding Illinoisans to invest in flood insurance to protect their homes and businesses from flooding emergencies.
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April 09, 2021 — Illinois Department of Insurance announces ACA Marketplace enrollment nearly doubled during the 2021 Special Enrollment Period compared to the same period last year

Chicago - Illinoisans are signing up for ACA Health Insurance Marketplace plans at nearly twice the rate of this time last year, according to federal CMS numbers released this week. Nearly 15,000 Illinois consumers purchased and enrolled in health plans since February, when President Biden signed an executive order to open the ACA Marketplace for a new Special Enrollment in response to COVID-19. Unlike other SEPs, consumers are not required to provide proof of a qualifying life event, such as getting married, having a baby, or losing job-based coverage to enroll.

The SEP in response to COVID-19 runs through August 15, 2021. Since the federal marketplace opened, from February 15 - March 31, 2021, the number of new plan selections in Illinois is 14,496 compared to 7,757 during the same period in 2020 and 7,459 in 2019.

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March 25, 2021 — Illinois Department of Insurance Announces ACA Marketplace Enrollment Deadline is Extended to August 15, 2021

Chicago - Eligible Illinoisans now have more time to sign up for ACA Health Insurance Marketplace plans. President Biden has extended the deadline for the Special Enrollment Period in Response to COVID-19 from May 15th to August 15th.

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March 5, 2021 — Mental Health Parity Working Group Agenda for 3-19-2021
Meeting Agenda | Materials-1 | Materials-2
February 17, 2021 — Mental Health Parity Working Group Agenda for 2-19-2021
Meeting Agenda | Materials 1 | Materials 2
February 11, 2021 — Gov. Pritzker Announces the ACA Marketplace is Reopening for Illinoisans to Purchase Health Insurance Coverage

February 15th is the start of the new 2021 Special Enrollment Period

Chicago –Governor JB Pritzker is encouraging eligible Illinoisans who do not have health insurance to enroll in an ACA Health Insurance Marketplace plan beginning February 15th. An executive order signed by President Biden allows states, including Illinois, which utilize the federal marketplace to reopen this month to help more people purchase health insurance coverage. The 2021 Special Enrollment Period (SEP) in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic runs through May 15, 2021.

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February 02, 2021 — Notice of 2021 Supplemental Meetings for the Mental Health Parity Working Group
Meeting Notice
January 27, 2021 — Mental Health Parity Working Group Agenda For 01-29-2021
Meeting Agenda
Working Group Materials Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Meeting Minutes
January 4, 2021 — Press Release

Gov. Pritzker Announces Director Appointment to the Illinois Department of Insurance

Building on a strong team of diverse experts in their fields, Governor JB Pritzker announced the following appointment in his administration:

Chicago – Dana Popish Severinghaus will serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI).* Popish Severinghaus has extensive legal, policy, government relations and insurance industry-related experience, Popish Severinghaus was formerly Legislative and Regulatory Counsel at Allstate Insurance Company where she advised Allstate and its subsidiaries on legal, regulatory and legislative matters across the Midwest. Before that, she served as Senior Policy Advisor at the State of Illinois in Central Management Services where she saw oversaw the Bureau of Benefits. Prior to that, Popish Severinghaus served as the Director of Government Relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Popish Severinghaus is a Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Board Member of the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund, Secretary of the Illinois Insurance Association, Advisory Board Member and Co-Chair of Government Relations Advisory Council for the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center, Women in Law Mentor at Chicago Kent College of Law and Auxiliary Board Member of ChildServ. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Journalism & Mass Communications from the University of Iowa and Juris Doctor from Chicago Kent College of Law.

* Appointments pending confirmation by the Illinois Senate.

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