The second year of open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace began Saturday. Last year, 217,000 Illinois residents signed up for health coverage, despite the initial problems with the federal website. To avoid a repeat of those problems, Get Covered Illinois regional coordinator Sal Cerna is urging shoppers to meet face-to-face with a navigator whenever possible to better understand their coverage options.


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“Know that Get Covered Illinois has in-person help available,” Cerna said. “We are offering high quality coverage and these are affordable plans.”

Prices are going up on some plans being offered on the marketplace, but there will be more choices, with 410 plans being offered, up from 165 last year.

The enrollment period ends on Feb. 15, 2015. Those who bought plans last year and now want to switch have a smaller window. They must select by a new plan by Dec. 15, or they’ll be automatically re-enrolled in their existing coverage.

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