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Black Friday at CCHCC – Great Deals! Add us to your shopping list!

November 26, 2021

As you head out to the stores this morning (or sit down to shop online), consider adding Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) to your shopping list!

You’ll find great deals at stores or online, but your “purchase” with CCHCC will make a lasting impact in our community!

CCHCC offers both client services, and health care advocacy. We provide free services to over 300 clients per month, and we also organize and advocate for policies and legislation that improve our community’s health.

Below, you can check out CCHCC’s Great Deals, and also see the many ways you can support our work.

We offer Great Deals on health insurance enrollment, access to care, and prescriptions for low-income individuals and families, as well as advocacy and community organizing!

We hope that in the spirit of the holiday season, you will consider making a Tax-Deductible contribution to CCHCC to “purchase” one of these great deals:

  • $200 – helps us advocate to keep and expand Medicaid, Medicare, and the ACA.
  • $100 – helps us enroll a family in new affordable health insurance.
  • $50 – helps us teach local residents about COVID testing and vaccines.
  • $35 – helps us enroll an individual in new affordable health insurance.
  • $20 – helps us get a low-income individual approved for food stamps (SNAP).
  • $15 – helps us get an individual scheduled for a primary care appointment.
  • $2, $4, $10 – helps us cover the costs of prescription drugs to help manage chronic health conditions.


Read on.

Two overlapping Open Enrollment periods: Medicare and Marketplace!

November 16, 2021

We are in the midst of two overlapping Open Enrollments: Medicare Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plans AND ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment for private health insurance and subsidies!

CCHCC is the only organization in Champaign County that can help local residents with BOTH Medicare Open Enrollment, as well as ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment. And, we also help with Medicaid enrollment, which is open year-round! And our services are FREE!

CCHCC is the ONLY organization in Champaign County that has trained, certified, and experienced staff who can help with BOTH Medicare and ACA Marketplace Open Enrollments, as well as Medicaid enrollment! CCHCC’s services are free. You can help support CCHCC’s Open Enrollment work by sharing our information with others, and also by making a financial contribution to CCHCC.

Please see below for information on both types of Open Enrollments, CCHCC’s Open Enrollment Centers for Medicare and for Marketplace, and to learn how CCHCC can help!

ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment – from November 1 through January 15, 2022
Good news! The ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment period has been extended by one month! Now, instead of closing in mid-December, ACA Open Enrollment goes through January 15, 2022.

Medicare Open Enrollment – from October 15 through December 7, 2021
Medicare Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D (prescription drug plans) takes place every year from October 15 through December 7.


Medicare Open Enrollment is upon us!

Go to CCHCC’s Medicare Open Enrollment Center!

October 14, 2021

Medicare Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plans begins on Friday, October 15, 2021!

If you have Medicare, or will soon be new to Medicare, Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) is here to help! Please see below for more information, and to learn about CCHCC’s Medicare Open Enrollment Center and what we’ve got available for you!

Medicare Open Enrollment – from October 15 through December 7, 2021
Medicare Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D (prescription drug plans) takes place every year from October 15 through December 7, for the following year.

What if you don’t want to change plans because your plan works for you?
Even if you like your Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Part D Plan, we still encourage you to check your insurance plan for the coming year. Insurance companies are allowed to make changes to their plans and their drug formularies, so even if you like your plan, it is important to check it out during Open Enrollment to make sure that your plan will continue to work well for you, given any changes that may have been made.

If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan or a Medicare Part D Plan, this is your opportunity to review your plan to make sure it will continue to meet your needs for the coming year, or to change plans, if needed.


Remembering Sue Keller

October 7, 2021

In July of this year, many of us – and many of our organizations – lost a true and beautiful friend.

Susan K. Keller, 53, died peacefully at home in Urbana on Sunday, July 25, 2021, surrounded by family. She is survived by her mother, Kathy, and father, John; her brother, Dave, and sister, Karen; her husband, Ron; their children, Zoe and Lex; and two grandchildren, Avery and Mateo.

A celebration of life for Sue will be held this weekend, from 2 to 5 pm on Saturday, October 9, at the Lake House in Crystal Lake Park in Urbana.

Read more about Sue Keller.

Rising to the challenge: Improving community health during the pandemic!

September 27, 2021

Champaign County residents continue to get vaccinated, which is great news. But we cannot ignore the fact that children under 12 years of age cannot get vaccinated, and in-person school has now started. Locally, we are seeing many “breakthrough” COVID cases in Champaign County. A “breakthrough” COVID case is when a person who has been fully vaccinated for COVID ends up getting COVID. As of August 30, 2021, masks are required for all indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. However, not everyone can be vaccinated, so it is important to protect our most vulnerable community members by getting vaccinated if you can. If you have already been vaccinated, talk to your family and friends and share your experience without judgement.

Pandemic challenges – we will continue to be cautious. CCHCC’s work to provide free services to community members, including health insurance enrollment and prescription assistance, continues but is much harder now that we have to work remotely and practice social-distancing. We are committed to keeping our clients and staff safe. Providing direct services to consumers is more complicated and time-consuming, and requires more back and forth – whether over the phone, email, text, zoom, or regular mail – to get everything done.

Doing even more. In addition, there is more work for us to do beyond our regular scope of work! For example, more medically-fragile homeless individuals with complex health care situations need help with shelter and housing as they fall through the cracks of our current community resources. CCHCC has stepped up to assist these individuals with motel stays, and with the process for obtaining subsidized permanent housing. Also, community members need even more information about, and help accessing the COVID-19 vaccines. We are sharing information about vaccine clinics and answering questions that folks have about getting vaccinated. We are doing all of this while helping our clients find affordable healthcare!