The Illinois Senate passed a bill Thursday that aims to set up a state-run health insurance marketplace for small businesses and individuals as part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
The measure is now headed to the House, which will have to approve changes made to the bill.
The legislation, HB 3227, formerly SB 34, would
phase out the current state-federal partnership for an online marketplace and give Illinois control over the exchange on October 1, 2014. The bill would also put in place a diverse 11-member governing board to
certify plans available via the exchange that the Illinois Department
of Insurance approves.
Read Progress Illinois full report on the legislation here.
am pleased that a super majority of my colleagues in the Senate voted
for Illinois to establish its own state health insurance marketplace," State Sen. David Koehler (D-Peoria), the bill's chief sponsor.
"Expanding help and providing a voice for small businesses and
individuals who will be utilizing the new Illinois Health Insurance
Marketplace is the intention of the Affordable Care Act, and I am proud
that the Illinois Senate has made that commitment."
Gov. Pat Quinn issued the following statement:
legislation is an important first step towards my agenda to ensure
Illinois fully reaps the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.
want to thank Senator Koehler for his leadership and hard work all
session long on this issue, as well as everyone else who assisted in
this important milestone.
Now that it has passed the Senate, we look to the House to advance our commitment to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.”
Duffett, executive director of the Campaign for Better Health Care, said the
Illinois Senate made a historic vote. The vote shows the senators' commitment to
Illinois' small businesses and individuals eligible for the new Illinois
health insurance marketplace.
When fully implemented, more than a million Illinoisans will be utilizing the online marketplace, Duffett said.
will provide small businesses and consumers a direct voice in
developing and implementation a State Based Marketplace that meets the
needs of Illinoisans," he said. "Now it is up to the Illinois House to
show their commitment and support to small businesses and individuals and to President Obama's Affordable Care Act."