Illinois Adds Health Care Benefits to Gay Marriage Green Light
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) - Illinois’ health insurance marketplace is now allowing gay and lesbian couples to enroll for private coverage.
Now that same-sex marriage is legal in the state, the agency, Get Covered Illinois, is opening up a special enrollment period 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 yesterday.
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.
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