The Illinois health insurance
marketplace has released a commercial featuring a gay couple.
In the 30-second ad from Get Covered
Illinois, real-life couple Jake and Allen recount the many stages of
“We leveled up,” Allen says as the
pair sit on a living room couch. “Stranger to boyfriend to civil
union to a marriage.”
“In Illinois we can enroll in
affordable care together. The sign-up process took minutes, and
after being uninsured for years, I had appendicitis.”
“Having affordable care was sincerely
a life-saving moment,” Allen adds. (The video is embedded on this
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According to The
Washington Post, the commercial, which first aired Friday in
Chicago, is part of a broader “National LGBT Outreach and
Enrollment Week” effort launching Monday.
A Health and Human Services policy
which took effect Jan. 1 states that legally married gay and lesbian
couples can jointly access all health plans available in every state,
even if a couple lives in a state that does not recognize their
Illinois' ad will also air during
Sunday's Golden Globes.