About 12,000 apply for Medicaid via new website

2013-10-04T00:00:00Z 2013-10-04T21:54:42Z About 12,000 apply for Medicaid via new websiteThe Associated Press The Associated Press
October 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO | More than 150,000 people have visited a state website to learn if they qualify for Medicaid or to buy health insurance on a new online marketplace.

The marketplaces are a key part of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, which were launched Tuesday.

Kelly Sullivan is a spokeswoman for Illinois' site, Get Covered Illinois.

She said as of Friday, about 12,000 people have submitted applications for Medicaid after completing an online screening tool.

But glitches continue on the federal site where Illinoisans may comparison shop for insurance. The government has said it's working to address the problems.

Sullivan says the state is working on educating residents about the health care law and will step up advertising once the federal site can handle increased demand.

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