pexels freestocksorg 167300DES PLAINES – The open enrollment period is now underway for health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace, and to help Illinoisans navigate their coverage options, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) is hosting a live Q&A with Get Covered Illinois on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

“Especially during a pandemic, it’s critical to have a dependable health insurance plan that fits your needs,” Murphy said. “Get Covered Illinois offers helpful tools and one-on-one assistance to help make the enrollment process as smooth as possible.”

Open enrollment runs through Dec. 15. This year, Illinoisans will be able to choose from 179 plans from eight insurance providers. There are also tax credits available to help lower-income residents reduce their monthly payments and find affordable coverage.

Last year, more than 240,000 people received tax credits, and after credits were applied, the average monthly payment was $153.

“Health care costs can have a huge impact on a family’s budget, and a lack of coverage can be catastrophic to any family. There’s no better time to find an affordable insurance plan or reevaluate your current coverage,” Murphy said.

Interested participants must register here to receive the Zoom webinar link. Residents may submit questions during the event using the chat function or ahead of time by contacting Murphy’s office at 847-718-1110 or

To explore the resources offered by Get Covered Illinois, visit