Affordable Care Act

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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.

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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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Rockford residents who are getting their health insurance through the Illinois exchange under the current Affordable Care Act will lose an estimated average of $3,662 in subsidies under the proposed replacement American Health Care Act.

That’s a drop of more than 42 percent.

Moreover, Rockford would be the hardest-hit by the changes – and residents in only two other Illinois cities would see their subsidies shrink.

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Healthcare leaders are voicing concerns about the Republican repeal plan to the Affordable Care Act.

Democrat Dick Durbin is traveling the state to meet with those who would be affected by the House changes.

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Governor Bruce Rauner says Illinois wouldn’t do very well under congressional Republicans’ new health care proposal.

  

Some conservative groups have also criticized the House GOP's new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Rauner says he plans to talk to members of Congress and other governors about how to change the proposal.

“I want to make sure people in Illinois are not left in the lurch or that there’s a lot of pressure to reduce insurance coverage for people in Illinois,” Rauner said.

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