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September 2, 2014, 4:12 am
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Insurance Marketplace Scrambles To Get Ready; Springfield Facing Higher Rates Than Chicago


It’s coming down to the wire to get everything ready for Tuesday’s launch of the new state health insurance marketplace. 

 

Appearing live Friday on 970 WMAY, the director of the Illinois Department of Insurance says he’s confident the state will be ready to go.  But dozens of Springfield-area workers and volunteers are apparently still waiting for certification from the state so they can help uninsured local people choose plans to meet the individual mandate under the federal health care law.

 

 

Uninsured Sangamon County residents could pay $20 to $30 more a month for health insurance under the new state insurance marketplace than residents of Peoria or Chicago.  Illinois Department of Insurance director Andrew Boron says rates vary by region, based on which companies are providing insurance plans and what features they’re offering. 

 

The marketplace… called “Get Covered Illinois”… officially opens Tuesday.

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