WGIL News Audio: 7am News, Sports and Obits click HERE | For the latest WGIL news click HERE

Illinois Allows Further Extension of Health Plans

WGIL Newsroom . State News 128

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration is allowing an additional year’s extension for existing health insurance plans that fall short of coverage requirements in the nation’s health care law.

The Illinois Department of Insurance announced the change last week, following a similar announcement March 5 from President Barack Obama’s administration.

Insurers will have the option of canceling or extending the plans for 2015 coverage. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois spokeswoman Lauren Perlstein says the insurer is reviewing the announcement and determining its next steps. Blue Cross has the most customers in Illinois’ individual market.

Extending the insurance policies may avoid a wave of election-year cancellations and damper reminders of the president’s frequent promise that Americans who liked their plans could keep them.

All AP stories are Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

The following provision applies to all visitors (which shall include persons and representatives of legal entities, whether such representatives are persons or digital engines of a kind that crawls, indexes, scrapes, copies, stores or transmits digital content). By accessing this Web site or digital service, you specifically acknowledge and agree that: (i) Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium; (ii) No Associated Press materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use; (iii) The Associated Press will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing; (iv) The Associated Press is an intended third party beneficiary of these terms and conditions and it may exercise all rights and remedies available to it; and (v) The Associated Press reserves the right to audit possible unauthorized commercial use of AP materials or any portion thereof at any time.