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Illinois settles on Obamacare health insurance platform

Updated: March 14, 2013 6:44AM

SPRINGFIELD — The platform 1.2 million uninsured Illinoisans can use under ObamaCare to purchase health insurance has won federal approval, sources confirmed Tuesday.

The development, while expected, will be announced at a Wednesday press conference in Chicago by Gov. Pat Quinn and Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the federal Health and Human Services Department.

“The governor is looking forward to hosting Secretary Sebelius and updating her on our work to launch the Affordable Care Act in Illinois, which will provide quality, affordable health-care for hundreds of thousands and create thousands of good jobs in the health-care field,” said Mike Claffey, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

Claffey would not confirm details of Wednesday’s announcement.

But other sources said the new health insurance marketplace being announced will be a state-federal partnership for the first year and exist until state lawmakers design an exchange for the state that will need to be approved by the governor and HHS.

Enrollment will open Oct. 1 and provide those without coverage access to plans from most of the state’s major health insurance carriers. Those with incomes between 133 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level — $15,282 to $45,960 per individual — will qualify for government-subsidized coverage.

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