health care

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Thousands of former coal workers and dependents who worked for now-bankrupt coal companies could lose their health insurance at the end of the year if Congress does not pass legislation to fund it.

Retirees in southern Illinois say losing their health insurance would amount to a broken promise from the coal companies that would have devastating effects to their well-being. Without Congressional action, Republican president-elect Donald Trump’s promise to repeal of the Affordable Care Act makes the retirees’ coverage alternatives uncertain.

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Illinois consumers who buy health insurance on the marketplace created by President Barack Obama's overhaul will find less choice than ever when they pick a policy for next year.

The lack of competition is felt nationally. A new analysis by The Associated Press and Avalere Health finds about one-third of U.S. counties will have only one health marketplace insurer next year.

In Illinois, last time around, there were three or more marketplace insurers offering plans for 2016 in all counties.

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. 

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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.

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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.

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