Health insurance rate increases may be on their way to Illinois

Health Insurance rate increases

That said, there is no way for consumers to know for sure until the information is released on August 1. Residents of Illinois are going to have to wait a while before they will know if health insurance rate increases are coming. The information about the proposed premiums changes under the Affordable Care Act for next year isn’t available until August 1. It is at that time that the health exchange plan premiums information will be made public within the state. To many in Illinois, having to wait until August…

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Illinois can no longer pay health insurance claims for state employees

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State agency cannot cover the cost of claims The Illinois Department of Central Management Services has announced that it will no longer be able to pay state employee health insurance claims without a state budget. The claims are coming from those that receive coverage through the State Employees Group Insurance Program. Since the agency can no longer pay for the claims being made by policyholders, some 150,000 people could face higher out-of-pocket costs associated with their health insurance coverage. Those with self-insured plans will be hit the hardest by lack…

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Ad campaign in Illinois seeks to promote health insurance among young adults

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New ad campaign launched in Illinois to connect with young consumers A new ad campaign has been launched in Illinois that seeks to raise awareness about health insurance and the state’s exchange. The new campaign has a very specific focus on young adults, a notoriously elusive market for the health insurance industry. Many young adults believe themselves to be proverbially invincible and see little need for insurance coverage of any kind. Others see insurance as an expensive investment that will never benefit them and avoid coverage in order to save…

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Health insurance refunds coming to 75,000 retired Illinois workers

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State workers to receive insurance refunds from the state due to ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court Approximately 75,000 retired Illinois workers may be receiving refunds on their health insurance coverage in February next year. The refunds are part of an ongoing legal battle that began centered on a law that was passed in 2012. The law required retired workers to cover the insurance costs with a portion of their pensions. A recent ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court requires insurance companies to return this money to policyholders. State law…

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Health insurance rate proposals opened to the public in Illinois

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State officials make rate filings from insurers open to the public Illinois officials have granted the public with access to rate proposals filed by the state’s health insurance companies. These proposals contain detailed information about the rates that insurance companies charge for the coverage that they provide. Insurers have submitted proposals for rate increases recently, which will affect policies in 2015, and many companies have had to offer sufficient evidence that these rate increases are necessary. State officials believe that such information should be available to the public. State residents…

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Insurers are flocking to Illinois health insurance exchange

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Eight companies seek to sell their policies on the state exchange Eight insurance companies are looking for approval to sell plans in the Illinois health insurance exchange. State officials note that there has been a surge in interest in the exchange coming from insurance companies. The exchange represents a competitive marketplace that is on its way to becoming one of the primary ways people find and purchase the coverage that they want. The new insurers looking to participate in the state’s exchange could bring some 504 new insurance plans to…

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Illinois is on track to reach health insurance exchange enrollment goals

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Enrollment in state’s insurance exchange continues to accelerate as people become more conscious of March 31 deadline In Illinois, enrollment in the state’s health insurance exchange has begun to pick up momentum. Nearly 900 people are enrolling for coverage through the exchange on a daily basis, according to figures released by the Department of Health and Human Services.  Some 113,733 people throughout the state have enrolled for coverage through the exchange in the first five months of its existence. Similar results are being seen in other states when it comes…

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Illinois launches new initiative to promote health insurance

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State aims to encourage enrollment into its insurance exchange As the open enrollment period for state and federal exchanges in the U.S. approaches its end, many states are now making concerted efforts to boost enrollment rates in these exchanges. Per the Affordable Care Act, the open enrollment period is set to end on March 31. After this time, consumers will no longer be able to apply for health insurance coverage through exchanges until a new open enrollment period begins. New initiative aims to help inform consumers about the services available…

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Illinois releases information on health insurance exchange

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Data released concerning state health insurance exchange Open enrollment for health insurance exchanges throughout the U.S. is about to begin and more states are beginning to release information concerning the policies sold through these exchanges. Illinois is among the latest states to provide new information for its health insurance exchange. The information primarily focuses on the premiums associated with the state’s exchange but also highlights the various services offered by the system and promotes awareness concerning the availability of federal subsidies designed to offset the cost of coverage. Rates to…

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Illinois health insurance companies seek to circumvent federal law

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Acts of health insurance providers create drama with state regulators Drama has erupted in the insurance industry in Illinois. The state’s Department of Insurance has taken issue with an action that many of the state’s largest health insurance providers plan to take in order to avoid federal reforms for an entire year. Per the Affordable Care Act, insurers will not be able to charge higher rates for women, those with pre-existing conditions, and other demographics beginning January 1, 2014. In an attempt to sidestep these new regulations, many of the…

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