Illinoisans will have to wait until August 1 to get a glimpse of the proposed Affordable Care Act premiums for 2017.
A majority of states have already made such information public, and the delay in Illinois has irked consumer advocates. That's because they will now only have about a month to respond to any proposed rate hikes before the state's Insurance Department completes its rate review process.
April was the deadline for insurance companies to turn in their Illinois rate proposals. But, under the state's requirements, the information does not have to be made public right away. The information will be released August 1.
An Illinois Insurance Department spokeswoman said the rate proposals are deemed "pre-decisional" before the federal government approves a health care plan. That is why the information is not made public sooner.
The rate review process has consumer advocates sounding off for greater transparency and "public discourse."
"We would like to participate in a public discourse about rate plans," said Stephani Becker with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. "Right now there is no public discourse."