Illinois Update

ILLINOIS Update: As a result of the November election, the composition of the Illinois House will be 71-47, while the Senate will be 40-19.  It could mean that the health insurance exchange legislation may break loose from its “log jam” in the veto session or the first part of the spring session scheduled to begin in mid-January.  The Illinois Health Benefits Exchange Legislative Commission, which has not met in almost six months, is now scheduled to meet on November 27th to get an update from the administration on the state-federal partnership plan (effective 2014) scheduled to be submitted to the federal government by November 16.  The goal continues to be a state-based exchange in 2015.  The State of Illinois recently gathered information from carriers with respect to how many products each plan intends to market on the exchange and will soon select an IT firm to set up some of the exchange operations.