ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment - Nov. 1-Dec. 15 - Help is available!

Open enrollment for ACA Marketplace health insurance plans is now open! You can go to to find a plan that is right for you, and to qualify for financial assistance to help make that plan for affordable.

Open Enrollment for 2018 plans is shorter this year - it only lasts 45 days, from November 1 through December 15, 2017.

CCHCC is here to help! For information about the Marketplace and Open Enrollment, check out these resources:

- ACA Open Enrollment Handout with Income Guide:

- Tips for Getting Ready to Sign Up:

- CCHCC's PowerPoint Presentation on the ACA and Open Enrollment:

- Health Care Fact Chat video on Open Enrollment (14 minutes):

- ACA Open Enrollment Community Meeting video (1 hour) - this video is from our Community Meeting on 10/26/17:

If you need to speak to someone or schedule an appointment for help with Open Enrollment, please contact CCHCC at (217) 352-6533.

Raffle Tickets

It is time once again to purchase CCHCC Raffle Tickets! The proceeds from the Raffle Tickets go to support our Rx Fund – this is a prescription drug fund that we use to help low-income individuals purchase prescriptions when they need help with co-pays or non-covered drugs, or when they have lost coverage and are waiting for new coverage to kick in. We don’t want anyone going without needed prescriptions!
Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, and we have many great prizes, including gift certificates to area businesses, restaurants, services, and art venues. Buy a chance to win a great prize!

Buy them HERE.

CCHCC's ACA Open Enrollment Community Meeting - Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6 p.m.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law of the land, and private health insurance plans and financial assistance are available through the Marketplace (!

This year, the Open Enrollment period for a 2018 ACA Marketplace plan, is only 45 days long – from November 1 through December 15, 2017. Consumers who need to purchase their health insurance through the Marketplace need to get ready!

Please plan to attend CCHCC’s ACA Open Enrollment Community Meeting - Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Champaign Public Library (200 W. Green Street, Champaign).

Topics to be discussed include: Types of health insurance offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as the ACA / “Obamacare” /; Financial assistance available to help make health insurance more affordable;  Exemptions from the Individual Responsibility Requirement (the “individual mandate”) and how to apply for exemptions; How to know if you qualify for a Marketplace plan with financial assistance, or for Medicaid; How you can get ready for the Marketplace Open Enrollment; How you can help others get the information they need to get covered; Where to go for help (Hint: CCHCC staff are ACA Federally Certified Application Counselors – we can help you get enrolled!). 

Medicare Open Enrollment begins on October 15!

The Medicare Open Enrollment period for enrolling in Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D (prescription) plans for 2018 is from October 15 through December 7, 2017.

CCHCC is working to help Medicare beneficiaries, and those who will be new to Medicare, to get ready! We held a Medicare Open Enrollment Community Meeting on Wednesday, October 11 at the Champaign Public Library. We covered everything from the basics of Medicare (what do all those parts mean?!), to the differences between Advantage Plans and Supplements, to Part D, and what happens during Open Enrollment and what you need to know.

To see the video of the meeting, and our presentation, you can go here:

If you would like to view or download our PowerPoint presentation (in pdf format), you can go here:
Medicare Open Enrollment presentation

2018 ACA Open Enrollment

With the sabotage by the Trump administration, we are relying on word of mouth to help us spread the word about the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment which runs from November 1 through December 15, 2017. That is only 45 days!

See the chart below to see if you might qualify for financial assistance to buy a private health insurance plan on the Marketplace. And plan to attend our informational ACA Open Enrollment Community Meeting on Thursday, October 26th at 6pm, Champaign Public Library.

If you make less than 138% of the federal poverty level, you might qualify for Medicaid which you can apply for at any time. Feel free to contact us at (217) 352-6533 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to see a Community Health Worker.

2018 Open Enrollment Flyer

ACT NOW - Latest CCHCC Health Care Fact Chat

Latest CCHCC Health Care Fact Chat wth Claudia Lennhoff and Adani Sanchez

#9 - Health Care Fact Chat: Act Now on Graham-Cassidy Bill


Health Care Fact Chat


New CCHCC Video Series: Health Care Fact Chat!

In order to provide information on various topics related to the attacks on the ACA and Medicaid, CCHCC has launched a new video series called Health Care Fact Chat, where we will discuss one topic at a time. Here are the first four Fact Chats:


#1 - CCHCC Health Care Fact Chat: Medicaid Cuts in the AHCA


#2 - CCHCC Health Care Fact Chat: CBO Score of the Amended AHCA


#3 - Health Care Fact Chat: The Senate's Health Care Bill (surprise - it's the AHCA!)


#4 - Health Care Fact Chat: The Senate's Devastating Health Care Bill Revealed


#5 - Health Care Fact Chat #5: Rebuttal to Rep. Davis’ CNN Interview


#6 - Health Care Fact Chat: Senate Health Care Showdown


 #7 - Health Care Fact Chat: ACA Repeal: Where We Stand


#8 - Health Care Fact Chat: ACA:Uncertainty & Sabotage

2017 CCHCC Annual Awards Dinner

Awards DinnerChampaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) celebrated 40 years of organizing for health care access and justice at our 2017 Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, April 28, 2017.

This year marks CCHCC's 40th Anniversary (1977 - 2017) of community organizing for health care access and justice! With nearly 200 people in attendance, the Dinner was a great success and a wonderful time. Click here to see the recap, photos, videos, and the slideshow.