Where you can shop outside of Healthcare.Gov

Quad City health administrators are weighing in on changes to your health insurance plan.

President Obama held a press conference Thursday in Washington D.C. He announced that millions of Americans would be able to keep their old health insurance plans for another year, if they have been kicked off it because of the Affordable Care Act.

Genesis Health System Vice President of Communications Ken Croken says it is good that people may be able to get back on those old plans. However, it will be up to the insurance companies and commissioners to decide whether that coverage will still be available.

Outside of Healthcare.Gov, there are different websites you can look at in both Iowa and Illinois for healthcare coverage, according to Genesis Media Coordinator Craig Cooper and UnityPoint Health Trinity Media Coordinator Erin Lounsberry. In Illinois, residents can go to the websites for Coventry Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Land of Lincoln, or Health Alliance and shop for coverage that way. You can go to CoOportunity Health’s website, or Coventry Health Iowa if you live on the Iowa side of the Quad Cities.

Croken advises that people who have lost their health insurance shop around before they go back to their old plan.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a plan Friday, November 15, 2013 that would allow Americans to keep their old health insurance for good. Through November 2nd, 2013, just 1,370 Illinois residents had enrolled in the Affordable Care Act. During the same time period, just 176 Iowans were able to enroll in the Affordable Care Act.

Counselors at UnityPoint Health Trinity and Genesis also have workers on hand to help people enroll. UnityPoint Health Trinity counselors have successfully enrolled 376 people alone. That is larger than the entire amount of people that had enrolled in Iowa, as of November 2nd. To see a previous story on how UnityPoint Health Trinity is helping people enroll, click here.

To see more of our coverage on the Affordable Care Act, click here.

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