Affordable Care Act

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It’s time to sign up or pay up. The deadline for getting an insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act is Sunday. 

You either have health insurance Monday or face fines -- big fines, starting at $695. Kathleen Falk is the Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She says there are a lot of reasons people haven’t registered yet, including still not being convinced they can finally get an insurance company to cover them.

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Time is running out for people who haven’t signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act

OLIVER WYMAN

Insurance prices in northern Illinois are spiking by more than 20 percent on the marketplace that's a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act.

The Illinois Department of Insurance released today a detailed look at health insurance prices for 2016.  18 counties in northern Illinois* are seeing price increases (for the cost of a mid-range Silver Plan policy) of more than 20 percent - in some cases close to 30 percent.

In the state, only Chicago/Cook County saw decreases.

Wheaton College will stop providing any health insurance for students to avoid complying with the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. The move announced earlier this month takes effect Friday. It affects about 700 students, a quarter of the college’s student population.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, KFF State Health

Following Thursday's ruling  from the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois residents who bought health insurance under the Affordable Care Act -- also known as "Obamacare" -- will get to keep tax credits that cut the cost of their plans. 

The question before the court was whether federal subsidies could be given out in states, including Illinois, that did not build their own online marketplaces. 

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