One Illinois lawmaker thinks there are two big hurdles in Illinois to knowing whether the Affordable Care Act is really affordable.
State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) said Illinois isn't saying how much people who get Obamacare insurance will pay next year. The state won't release its exchange rates until Aug. 1, although 33 states and the District of Columbia already have.
Illinois Department of Insurance spokesman Michael Batkins said in an email that Illinois is crunching numbers.
"We are in the process of reviewing next year’s requested rates," Batkins said. "The requested rates will be available for review Aug. 1, 2016; however, the rates will not be finalized until October."
Premiums vary by company, level of coverage and geographic area.
Syverson said another factor is that so few people get exchange insurance, so most people don't realize how expensive and limited the care from the Affordable Care Act really is.
“When (the exchanges) advertise a real low price, they're not telling you it's for a plan that's really, really bad; or for a plan with so few doctors in it,” he said. “It's misleading.”
Most Illinoisians get their health insurance from work.
The overwhelming majority of people in the state covered by Obamacare are on Medicaid. Taxpayers pay those costs.
Syverson said Illinois' Medicaid costs are too high as well. The state was on track to spend nearly $19 billion on Medicaid in fiscal 2016.