Affordable Care Act

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The federal government cut the advertising budget for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A health care group says that means more people have to spread the word about open enrollment. 

Claudia Lenhoff, executive director of Champaign County Health Care Consumers, said the federal government has cut the advertising budget for the ACA by 90 percent this year.

"That means across the country people won’t be seeing some kind of ads in different media," Lenhoff said.

Illinois Department of Insurance

Illinois residents shopping for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace for next year could see rate increases as high as 40 percent, under rate plans submitted through the Illinois Department of Insurance.

Illinois premium increases are, on average, lower in 2018 than 2017 for all levels, the department said in a news release.

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Illinois consumers who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange could see prices increase by as much as 43 percent next year.

The Chicago Tribune reports that several health insurance carriers proposed double-digit increases in rates released Thursday under what's often referred to as the “Obamacare'' exchange. Health Alliance Medical Plans, which offered coverage mostly in central and southern Illinois this year, is proposing rate increases of as much as 43 percent.

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A new report says that repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, would have a disproportionately negative effect in rural Illinois.

The paper, released by the Georgetown University Center For Children and Families,  says a greater percentage of people in rural areas relies on Medicaid than their urban counterparts.

Everthrive

Roughly one million Illinoisans gained insurance care through the Affordable Care Act.  That's had an impact on the way health care is delivered throughout the state. 

Nine years ago, Kris Hayden was undergoing cancer treatment and she felt guilty.

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