Getting more Illinoisans signed up for health insurance will be one of Gov. Pat Quinn’s priorities for his final months in office. The second open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces begins Saturday. Quinn says this year, the state hasn’t set targets for signups. “I think that our goal would be to just get as many people as possible,” Quinn said. “I’ll try and take the ball to the Jan. 12 date.”
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That’s when Quinn will leave office and Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will be sworn in. Quinn and Rauner’s only conversation since Election Day was about the number of people who have purchased health coverage through the marketplace. Quinn says this year, Illinois customers will be given more choices. The number of plans available on the marketplace is increasing from 165 to 410, and the number of companies offering plans is increasing from seven to 10.