Ill. insurance marketplace to open for gay couples - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Ill. insurance marketplace to open for gay couples

Posted: Updated:

CHICAGO (AP) - 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, Get Covered Illinois announced it will open up special enrollment periods 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 Sunday, though some cities have already allowed same-sex marriage ceremonies.

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.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.