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Expansions of health insurance AND subsidies!

Help us get everyone covered!

May 11, 2021

CCHCC is happy to announce that, recently, there have been expansions in health insurance coverage through both the Medicaid program and the ACA’s Marketplace! Subsidies on the Marketplace have now also been made MORE generous, and even if you already have a subsidy, you might want to see if you qualify for an even better subsidy! These expansions mean that we can get even more community members covered, more affordably! Please read on, and then help spread the word!

ACA Marketplace – Expanded Enrollment Period AND Increased Subsidies!
Did you know that the American Rescue Act included new, more generous benefits for the Health Insurance Marketplace (

The American Rescue Act created a new Special Enrollment Period until August 15, 2021! So, if you’d like a Marketplace plan (most people qualify for generous subsidies!) but missed the Open Enrollment Period at the end of last year, you now have new opportunities to sign up for a Marketplace plan, until August 15, 2021!

Also, the American Rescue Act increased the subsidies that people can qualify for – even those who already have a Marketplace plan and a subsidy! To benefit from these additional subsidies, you must redo your application to receive a new eligibility determination with the updated amount, otherwise you will receive your subsidy in the form of a tax credit when you file your taxes for 2021. You can contact CCHCC for help with this.


COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Thursday afternoon May 6 at Salem Baptist Church in Champaign

May 5, 2021

Please help spread the word!

On Thursday, May 6, from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will be holding a free walk-in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Salem Baptist Church in the 5th & Hill Neighborhood of Champaign.

The Vaccine Clinic is being organized and sponsored by the Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC), the 5th & Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign, and Salem Baptist Church, in partnership with CUPHD.

The Vaccine Clinic is open to any Illinois resident who is 16 years of age and older. No appointment is needed. This is a Walk-In Clinic and everyone is welcome!

WHO: 5th & Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign, Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC), Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, Salem Baptist Church

WHAT: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic – Free and No Appointment Needed!

WHEN: Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Salem Baptist Church – 500 E Park Street, Champaign (corner of Park and 5th)

Please help share this message far and wide!

Thank you for your support!


Champaign County Health Care Consumers

CCHCC is on the front lines of serving our community in the pandemic!

April 14, 2021

Spring is here, and normally Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) would be preparing for our Annual Awards Dinner and our Adbook during this time. However, because of the pandemic, it is still not safe to gather, so CCHCC will not be hosting our Annual Awards Dinner or preparing an Adbook for this spring.

If you would normally contribute to, or attend the CCHCC Dinner, or purchase an ad in our adbook, we instead ask that you consider making a contribution to support our work, which is more expansive and challenging than ever!


Pandemic challenges – what is required of us. CCHCC’s work to provide free services to community members, including health insurance enrollment and prescription assistance, is much harder now that we have to work remotely and practice social-distancing. 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. In addition, there is more work 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. Also, community members need more information about, and help accessing the COVID-19 vaccines. Thankfully, there is a new Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace at CCHCC is working on all of this, and more!


Rent assistance, vaccinations, and stimulus payments!

March 19, 2021

Many Champaign County residents are struggling financially, as well as struggling to get information that they need to help them get vaccinated, and/or to help them get their stimulus payments. CCHCC is here to help!

You can help our community members by sharing this information! Below are the resources and updates CCHCC wants to share with you.

Rental Assistance in Champaign County
Champaign County’s Regional Planning Commission is offering help to individuals and families who have past due rent, water, power, and sewer bills!

To get help, please visit the RPC’s website.

For rent assistance, you can also see the online application form here.