Time on the Internet might be well spent, if it can get you a cheaper health plan through the Illinois marketplace under the Affordable Care Act.

“In Illinois, the average savings for those who switched from 2014 to 2015 was about eleven dollars a month,” says Kathleen Falk, Midwest regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “That saved consumers about $2.7 million statewide, and, in fact, 21 percent of Illinoisans switched plans.”

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Falk, reminding us the enrollment period is November, December, and January, says savings are there if you shop around, but – before tax credits are applied – the state average premium is up 6.1 percent, compared to 7.5 percent for the nation.


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