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September 24, 2013

Quinn releases some insurance rates for Illinois



For now, the governor's office isn't saying which companies are offering the lowest prices.

David From, who heads the Illinois chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group that opposes the Affordable Care Act, said some consumers will have to pay more for health coverage, including men in their 20s.

"For instance, currently a 27-year-old male can get a policy in Illinois for $90 a month," From said, citing data from the conservative Manhattan Institute. "Now, it'll be in excess of $120 a month."

That's like comparing apples and oranges, said Boron, of the state insurance department. He said comparing policies available now to the more comprehensive policies available under the health care law isn't valid. The health law requires all plans to cover certain benefits, such as maternity care, that were optional in the past. Tax credits will reduce costs for many individuals, Boron said.

"The bottom line is that consumers are going to have robust and affordable options because of the Affordable Care Act in Illinois," Boron said.

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