House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves the White House in Washington Friday after meeting with President Donald Trump.
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March 24, 2017

Republicans Kill Health Care Vote As GOP Members Defect

House Republicans have scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass. NPR's Susan Davis reports that GOP leadership says the Friday afternoon vote is now scrapped after House Speaker Paul Ryan made a last-minute trip to the White House to tell President Trump that the votes weren't there to pass their replacement plan, the American Health Care Act. Trump agreed with Ryan's plan to halt the vote.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, standing with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., right, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, speaks during a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capit
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March 11, 2017

Congressional Healthcare Bill Response Tracker

The Republican health care bill under consideration in the House of Representatives would change health coverage for a lot of people. It would no longer require that Americans buy health insurance, for instance, and it would eliminate current subsidies, replacing them with a fixed refundable tax credit.

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The Capitol is seen in overcast skies as the 115th Congress convenes in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.
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January 23, 2017

Illinois Asks Congress To Avoid Hasty 'Obamacare' Action

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is urging congressional leaders to avoid "hasty" or "incomplete" action as they proceed with a planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act. A letter dated Jan. 17 signed by Acting Illinois Insurance Director Jennifer Hammer says Congress and the states "must work together" to achieve "important reforms" in health care policy.

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Charles and Doris Lehman, of Sparta, Illinois, at the Pour House bar in Marissa, Illinois.
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November 11, 2016

Without Congressional Action, Retired Coal Workers Could Lose Benefits By End Of 2016

Thousands of former coal workers and dependents who worked for now-bankrupt coal companies could lose their health insurance at the end of the year if Congress does not pass legislation to fund it. Retirees in southern Illinois say losing their health insurance would amount to a broken promise from the coal companies that would have devastating effects to their well-being.

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A number of flyers related to health care enrollment are on the walls at Champaign County Health Consumers in Champaign.
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November 09, 2016

What To Expect For Obamacare Enrollment In 2017

Sign up started last week for coverage under Obamacare in 2017. Like much of the country, people across Illinois are seeing fewer choices and higher monthly premiums. But one group that’s helping people sign up for coverage says, at least so far, they don’t expect customers to have to scramble to find affordable coverage.

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October 15, 2016

Illinois Rates Under Obamacare To Jump 40-50%

 Illinoisans who buy insurance on the health care law's marketplace face steep price increases for next year.

That's been predicted for some time. Now it's official. The Illinois Department of Insurance published an analysis of 2017 health plans Friday based on final price increases approved by state and federal regulators.

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November 05, 2015

Health Alliance CEO Stepping Down

In a statement, Jeff Ingrum, who's been CEO of Health Alliance Medical Plans for 18 years, is resigning in less than two weeks, saying he 'feels it's time to move on to something new.' 

Carle Foundation president and CEO James Leonard will become the new CEO at Health Alliance, while John M. Snyder, Carle Executive Vice President and System CEO will assume day-to-day operations at the insurer.

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