Illinois will do a federal-state partnership for its health insurance exchange in 2014, the first year of full Affordable Care Act implementation. The Quinn administration said that there were too many logistical hurdles for Illinois to set up its own exchange.
The news is a disappointment to some Illinois health care advocates. According to Jim Duffett, executive director of the Campaign for Better Health Care, an Illinois run exchange would let the state directly negotiate with insurers, giving consumers an option of various affordable health care plans.
About 486,000 Illinois residents are expected to get coverage through the exchange in 2014. Duffett hopes the state has its own exchange by 2015.