Illinois ‘Obamacare’ health insurance rates up significantly

From the Springfield State Journal-Register: Higher prices and fewer choices on the Illinois marketplace under President Barack Obama’s health insurance law will make choosing a plan for 2017 a potentially frustrating experience for families who buy their own coverage, according to information released Wednesday by the Illinois Department of Insurance.

Statewide, an average price increase of 43 percent is ahead for a popular type of middle-tier coverage used as a benchmark under the health law, the department said. The price of that benchmark plan — the second lowest cost Silver plan — will increase by as much as 71 percent in Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties.

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