health care

The state of Illinois covers health insurance benefits for tens-of-thousands public employees.

Health care providers are not getting paid because there is no spending plan for the current fiscal year. 

Medicare.gov

Governor Bruce Rauner has created a task force charged with finding fraud in taxpayer-funded health care programs.

The Republican today used his executive authority to form the group. It'll seek ways to prevent waste in state- and federally funded Medicaid ... the state employee's health insurance ... and even costs of caring for inmates in Illinois prisons.

Rauner says the cost of state-run health care programs increases when no one watches to stop abuse and fraud.

"stethoscope" by flickr use rosmary (CC BY 2.0)

Enrollment events are planned in Chicago as an important deadline approaches for President Barack Obama's health care law.

Sunday is the last day to sign up to buy private insurance on the marketplace for coverage in 2016.

Fines for being uninsured are rising and could average nearly $1,000 per household.

The penalties are the law's nudge to get healthy people into the insurance pool, helping keep premiums manageable for everyone.

Chicago enrollment events are planned Saturday at the Chicago Urban League and the Community First Medical Center.

"stethoscope" by flickr use rosmary (CC BY 2.0)

Nearly 349,000 Illinois residents have signed up for health insurance or were automatically renewed for coverage though the federal marketplace HealthCare.gov.

Eighty percent of the enrollees live in the Chicago area. Enrollment figures released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reflect those who picked plans or were automatically renewed from Nov. 1 through Jan. 9.

Today is an enrollment deadline for coverage starting Feb. 1. Open enrollment ends Jan. 31. The enrollment period applies only to people buying private health insurance.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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

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