Briefly Noted

June 5, 2020
The state Dept. of Insurance reminds Illinoisans who are applying for unemployment insurance that they may also need health insurance after losing job-based coverage. The Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace ( is offering a Special Enrollment Period for certain qualifying life events, including involuntarily losing job-based coverage and expiration of COBRA benefits.

During the coronavirus pandemic when families are secluded at home, calls to report suspected child abuse and neglect have decreased significantly across the country, and by 57% in Illinois compared to the same time last year. To ensure that children know that it is never okay for anyone to hurt or neglect them, the Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services is launching the "You are Not Alone" campaign with the simple message: if someone is hurting you, we can help. If a child is being hurt or neglected, he or she can call 1-800-25-ABUSE for help.