Illinois Must Decide How to Implement Health Law

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois officials must decide how to implement key provisions of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul now that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law's individual insurance requirement.

That includes developing an online insurance marketplace where people and small businesses can comparison shop for insurance beginning in 2014.

Gov. Pat Quinn's administration wouldn't answer questions about Illinois' plans, but aides say he's "thrilled" by the ruling.

A lawmaker who led work on implementing the state's insurance exchange has said Illinois won't be able to meet a Nov. 16 deadline to get it set up.

Democratic Rep. Frank Mautino told The Associated Press this week that Illinois must consider a federal-state partnership to meet the requirement.

Illinois officials estimate about 800,000 now-uninsured residents would get public or private health insurance.

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