Those seeking health care coverage through the Illinois marketplace are facing double-digit percentage increases in insurance prices in some regions of the state.
That's according to an analysis of 2016 Illinois exchange rates from the state's Insurance Department. The report compared insurance prices from 2015 and 2016.
The analysis comes after the third enrollment period for health care coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) opened last Sunday.
The 2016 cost of the most affordable silver plan ticked up by over 20 percent in 18 northern Illinois counties. The cheapest bronze plan shot up by 39 percent in Rock Island, increasing from a monthly price of $129 to $180.
Insurance prices are most expensive in Southern Illinois, where the cheapest bronze and silver plans cost as much as $214 and $246 per month for a 21-year-old.
In Chicago, insurance prices for the cheapest bronze and silver plans decreased by 4 percent and 8 percent, respectively, as a result of a new insurance company entering the market.
People have until the end of January to enroll for health care coverage through the ACA's insurance marketplace, but they have to sign up by December 15 if they want their coverage to begin January 1.