Get Covered

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The goal of the Act is to provide health care coverage to more Americans and protect existing coverage. More information about the law is available by visiting; the Spanish version is available here.

Rockford Health System has certified counselors available to help you sign up for coverage. Counselors will be available by appointment Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. The service will be available to individuals that may qualify for public aid under the expanded guidelines or any of the other insurance products available on the marketplace/exchange website. Contact us at (815) 971-7070 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange an appointment.

Beginning October 2013, one application, one time, and you and your family can explore every qualified health insurance plan in your area. 

  • You can get lower costs every month.  
  • You may be eligible for a free premium plan, or a new kind of tax credit that lowers your monthly premiums right away.    
  • You can see what your premium, deductibles, and out-of-pocket costs will be before you make a decision to enroll
  • You can make apples-to-apples comparisons of costs and coverage between health insurance plans.

Important Dates:

October 1, 2013 – Begin enrollment process

January 1, 2014 – Marketplace coverage begins if enrolled by December 15, 2013

October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 – Open Enrollment Period

Further information from the State of Illinois is available by clicking here. Another approved website, from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), offers reliable information and is available by clicking here.