Illinois consumers who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange could see prices increase by as much as 43 percent next year.

Rare Meeting Offers a Glimmer of Bipartisanship

Jun 19, 2017

Two Illinois Congressmen held a rare bipartisan community meeting this weekend.

Analysts Project ACA Repeal Would Hurt Illinois' Economy

Jan 30, 2017
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Illinois is among the top 20 states that would be most hurt by a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

Governor Bruce Rauner said he does not support a repeal of Obamacare without a replacement.

Rauner: Obamacare Replacement Needed

Jan 18, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner said Wednesday he is opposed to a repeal of Obamacare  without a replacement. It’s a rare comment from the governor about national politics.


More than 351,000 Illinois residents have signed up for health insurance under the health care law, despite Republican efforts to repeal "Obamacare." That's about 4,400 more people than at the same time last year.

An Illinois group is warning that if Obamacare is repealed without a replacement, there could be significant human and financial consequences.

President-elect Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans made repealing the Affordable Care Act a key plank in their campaigns.

That could be expensive, says Illinois Hospital Association president A-J Wilhelmi.

Officials say more than 68,000 Illinoisans have selected health plans using the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplace, up nearly 1,400 compared to the same time last year.  The sign-ups are happening as President-elect Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress discuss repealing the law known as "Obamacare." It's unclear what might replace the law if they do repeal it.

Even as Governor Bruce Rauner denounces higher insurance premiums in Illinois under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government is trying to tamp down those concerns.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released an analysis that projects roughly two-thirds of Illinois consumers would still be able to buy a plan for less than 75 dollars a month... even if rates next year increase by 50%.

Aetna is leaving the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange in Illinois for 2017, further reducing competition.  Aetna's announcement leaves six companies selling plans for next year to individuals and families on the Illinois "Obamacare" marketplace. 

The U.S. Supreme court has agreed to take up a case that could put the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy. But health care advocates in the state are still urging residents to check out their options as the second enrollment period for Obamacare is underway. 

US Congressman Aaron Schock wants to expand a religious exemption to the Affordable Care Act. The House passed Schock’s Equitable Access to Care and Health, or EACH, Act. Schock says the Affordable Care Act currently allows a few select faiths to exempt themselves from paying individual penalties. He says his legislation expands the exemption to more individuals.

Two IL Congressmen question Sebelius during hearing

Oct 30, 2013

Two Illinois Republican Congressmen are among those critical of problems with the HealthCare.Gov website, nearly a month after its launch.  

President Obama wants House Speaker John Boehner to call a vote on a so-called “clean” continuing resolution to end the partial government shutdown. But Congressman Rodney Davis says he IS supporting “clean” resolutions, by voting for individual appropriations bills. The 13th District Republican says these measures reflect the way Washington used to govern in the days before gridlock.

Republicans are continuing a last-minute push to dismantle the law known as "Obamacare" before a key part of it takes effect next week. The law remains unpopular in polls. But as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, Democrats are hoping that changes once people begin to live with it.

Next Tuesday is a milestone for the Affordable Care Act. It's when people are supposed to start signing up for health coverage on so-called insurance exchanges. It's also the start of the federal government's budget year, and some Republicans have promised to block all government spending unless Obamacare is defunded.

Rodney Davis announces re-election campaign

Sep 23, 2013

Congressman Rodney Davis is touring the 13th district formally announcing his re-election campaign. The Taylorville Republican recently voted for the House Bill to defund Affordable Care Act and during his stop in Bloomington Davis was forthright about the law several times.

Congressman Rodney Davis isn’t taking the same view of some colleagues who are threatening a government shutdown on a spending plan that includes the Affordable Care Act. The Taylorville Republican says while he still wants to de-fund the health care measure, he says conservative senators like Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas should turn their attention elsewhere:

Il Senate approves Medicaid measure

May 29, 2013

A measure that would implement a key part of “Obamacare” in Illinois is on its way to the governor’s desk, after it was approved by the Senate Tuesday.