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Number Of Illinois Residents With Health Insurance Continues To Grow


The rate of Illinois residents with health insurance continues to grow.

In 2013, nearly 18 percent of Illinois adults didn’t have insurance.

The next year, the Affordable Care Act took effect. The rate of uninsured dropped to 15 percent that year.

Last year, it continued to fall.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control puts the figure at more than 10 percent. That insurance comes from Obamacare for many Illinoisans.

About 380-thousand of them signed up for private plans. But the majority are people on the government's Medicaid program -- who were previously ineligible or chose not to sign up.

The enrollment period for Obamacare is over, but people can still sign up after a life-changing event, like losing a job or having a child.

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.