Getting health insurance in Illinois is fairly easy to do. Like other states, the Affordable Care Act Plans are available through the federal marketplace, but enrollees should get guidance through Get Covered Illinois. Help from health insurance counselors is available free of charge.
How to Buy Health Insurance in 2022
You can buy health insurance in Illinois through the federal marketplace: www.healthcare.gov. You can input your family/financial situation, compare quotes and even figure out if you qualify for financial assistance.
How to Apply for Health Insurance in Illinois
If you don’t know where to start, Get Covered Illinois can help you determine which plan is right for you. It’s extremely user-friendly, and also has counselors who can help you pick the coverage that suits you and/or your family based on your financial situation.
Health Insurance Carriers In Illinois
Eight insurers offer coverage through the Illinois exchange:
- Health Alliance Medical Plans
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
- Quartz Health Benefit Plans Corporation
- Celtic Insurance Company
- Cigna HealthCare of Illinois
- Bright Health
- MercyCare HMO
- SSM Health Plan (WellFirst Health)
Illinois Health Insurance Costs Overview
There are four main metal tiers for health insurance in Illinois: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
How Much Does Health Insurance Cost in Illinois?
According to the KFF, the average benchmark premium in Illinois was $418 per month in 2022.
What is the Cheapest Health Insurance Plan in Illinois?
Depending on your health, the cheapest health insurance plan will be the one that covers what you need the most. Contact us to find the best plan for you!
Cheapest Illinois Health Insurance Coverage by Metal Tier
Note that all costs are 2022 pricing from KFF. (source)
The average lowest cost premium of a Gold Plan in Illinois in 2022 was $464.
The average lowest cost premium of a Silver Plan in Illinois in 2022 was $413.
For a Bronze plan, the average lowest premium in 2022 was $331.
Other Types of Illinois Health Insurance Coverage
Catastrophic Health Insurance in Illinois
Catastrophic health insurance plans are available in Illinois but only to those thirty years of age or younger or those who apply for a hardship or affordability exemption. The premiums are low but the deductibles are very high.
Short Term Health Insurance in Illinois
Short-term health insurance is available in Illinois for up to 6 months with no renewals allowed within a year of the end of the coverage.
Low Income Health Insurance in Illinois
Low-income health insurance is available through Illinois Medicaid. You can apply via Benefits.Gov.
Marketplace Average Benchmark Premiums, KFF, accessed 08/16/2022, https://www.kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/marketplace-average-benchmark-premiums/?currentTimeframe=0&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D
Average Marketplace Premiums by Metal Tier, 2018-2022, KFF, accessed 08/16/2022, https://www.kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/average-marketplace-premiums-by-metal-tier/?currentTimeframe=0&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Average%20Lowest-Cost%20Bronze%20Premium__2022%22,%22sort%22:%22desc%22%7D