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Consumer advocates pressure Illinois regulators on Obamacare rates

Consumer advocates pressure Illinois regulators on Obamacare rates

In the face of proposed double-digit rate increases for Obamacare insurance next year, consumer advocates and lawmakers are pressuring Illinois regulators to do more to protect consumers.

Representatives of more than half a dozen Illinois consumer advocacy groups wrote a letter to the head of the Illinois Department of Insurance earlier this month urging the state to take action. Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth wrote a similar letter to the same official.

The department confirmed Wednesday that it has already taken action on at least one of those requests to try to hold down costs for consumers and make rate-setting more transparent — but not all of...

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