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Illinois Congressmen Ask Insurance Director for Answers Following ObamaCare Debacle

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Washington, Nov 5, 2013 | comments

Six members of the Illinois Congressional delegation have written to Andrew Boron, director of the Illinois Department of Insurance, seeking answers to questions as their constituents deal with the fallout from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Congressmen John Shimkus, Peter Roskam, Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger, Randy Hultgren, and Rodney Davis sent the letter Monday seeking answers to the following questions:

  • How many plan cancellation notices have been sent to private-individual health insurance policyholders in Illinois this year?
  • What was the total number of Illinois residents insured by private-individual insurance policies in the most recent year where data is available?
  • According to the most recent data you have available, what was the average year-over-year change in cost, if any, for those private-individual insurance policies?
  • What is the estimated average cost increase for a private-individual insurance policy on the individual market in Illinois for 2014?

In the letter, the group notes, “We have all had constituents share with us similar notices they have received from their insurer.  Thus, we are concerned these are not isolated incidents outside of Illinois.  If the intent of the law was to expand coverage to the uninsured while ensuring those who like their health insurance plan can keep it, we would like to know the impact the ACA is having on individual insurance market consumers in the state of Illinois.”

In addition to cost, the letter also notes concerns regarding access to family physicians as a result of the law’s implementation.  Reports from other states show hundreds of thousands of people have been terminated from their existing health insurance policies.

To read the joint letter, click here.

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