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Illinois Department of Insurance
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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu May 9, 2013

IL Senate Committee Passes Legislation For State-based Health Insurance Exchange

The Illinois Senate Insurance Committee passed a measure Wednesday that looks to establish a state-run health insurance marketplace for small businesses and individuals as part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Some health care and consumer advocates are pushing for a state-based insurance exchange, but questions still remain on how to make the marketplace the best it can be.

“We’re walking into a new territory. We haven’t been here yet,” said Brigid Leahy, director of legislative affairs at Planned Parenthood of Illinois. “But at least we know that if we’re running things at the state level, we can fix things, we can make them better, we have better control over making sure that it works for consumers. If it’s in the hands of the feds, we don’t have that power.”