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Our position: I support fairness and transparency in the health insurance marketplace. This starts with the people who will be making the decisions, which should include representation by consumers, small businesses, women and the great diversity that makes up our state, not just the insurance industry.
Note: This LTE is especially important to get out where the members of the legislative study committee will see them, both in their home districts and in Springfield. The members of the committee are: Rep. Monique Davis (Chicago), Rep. Greg Harris (Chicago), Rep. Frank Mautino (Spring Valley), Rep. JoAnn Osmond (Antioch), Rep. Jim Sacia (Freeport), Rep. Darlene Senger (Naperville), Sen. William Haine (Alton), Sen. Michael Noland (Elgin), Sen. Heather Steans (Chicago), Sen. Bill Brady (Bloomington), Sen. John O. Jones (Mount Vernon), Sen. Dave Syverson (Rockford). Letters from their constituents will be especially meaningful to them.
Line A: The Problem
Recently, twelve members were appointed to a Legislative Study Committee tasked with reporting to the General Assembly and the Governor on establishment and implementation of Illinois’ competitive health care marketplace, also called the insurance exchange. They are required to make recommendations on who will be making the decisions, who is eligible to use the marketplace, and the role of the powerful insurance industry in oversight of the marketplace by the end of September.
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Line B: The Solution
It is essential to build fairness and transparency into our state’s health insurance marketplace. A competitive health care marketplace will give consumers more control, quality choices, and better protections when buying health insurance. Honest competition is needed to bring greater transparency to the insurance industry, which will bring down consumer costs.
These members of the General Assembly now tasked with designing the state Marketplace need to recognize that building strong consumer protections into Illinois’ competitive health care marketplace is crucial. Small businesses and consumers need to know that the Marketplace will make it easy to shop and compare a range of insurance plans, but will also help them determine if they are eligible for subsidies to afford coverage.
As envisioned by the Affordable Care Act, a Competitive Health Care Marketplace is a marketplace where individuals and small employers will be able to shop for insurance coverage. The marketplace must be set up by January 1, 2014.
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Line C: Your Thoughts
Restate your position, use data or numbers that support your position, or briefly summarize any personal experience you have that causes you to take this position on the argument.
We must hold these members accountable and urge them to side with small businesses and consumes as they develop their recommendations.
I want a competitive health care marketplace that offers me quality choices and control over my health care plan purchases, and that makes it easy to compare plans so I can make these decisions quickly and easily.
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Line D: Conclusion
Our state has an opportunity to create a health insurance marketplace that is good for consumers, good for businesses and good for Illinois. We need to construct a strong competitive healthcare marketplace to give consumers more control, quality choices, and better protections when buying insurance.
We need to take this opportunity to create a fair structure that is not gamed towards the insurance industry. Illinois consumers deserve better than that. It is important that everyone who will be affected by the competitive health care marketplace has a say in how it is developed, not just the insurance industry. People need to contact their State Representative and State Senator now and tell them to put small businesses and consumers over the financial interests of the insurance industry.
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Recently, twelve members were appointed to a Legislative Study Committee tasked with reporting on the establishment of Illinois’ competitive health care marketplace, also called the insurance exchange. They are required to make recommendations on who will be making the decisions, who is eligible to use the marketplace, and the role of the powerful insurance industry in oversight of the marketplace by the end of September.
It is essential to build fairness and transparency into our state’s health insurance marketplace to bring down consumer costs. A competitive health care marketplace will give consumers more control, quality choices, and better protections when buying health insurance.
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