Pressure on for Illinois health insurance industry
November 14, 2013 (CHICAGO) -- Despite Thursday's announced changes to President Barack Obama's health care law, many still have questions about what to do next.
Thursday's announcement is putting pressure on state officials and the health insurance industry.
Some in the industry say adding back these policies could jeopardize the stability of insurance rates for everyone.
Premiums for next year had been locked in.
This comes as the roll out of affordable care was rolling a bit easier for some.
The Westside Health Authority has had hundreds come through to enroll in an affordable health care plan.
When we first met navigator Paula Campbell October 1, things weren't going so well.
"Nothing was working nothing at all," she said then.
Things have gotten better. Thursday she was able to walk Olvin Velez through the process.
"Opening up the system where people can enroll that has greatly improved because you couldn't even get in," Campbell said. "You log in on part if it and the next time it's down."
Thursday President Obama talked about the improvements and a change, a big change allowing insurance companies to continue coverage to Americans who had their plans dropped. Thursday Eyewitness News reached out to a few health insurance companies - Humana , Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.
They told us they have been working with clients to maintain coverage. Now they hope to work with state officials to implement these new options.
State officials are now trying to figure out how to make that happen.
The state's healthcare spokesman says: "In light of the latest developments, we are carefully evaluating the Department's options under state law and through the lens of what's best for Illinois healthcare consumers."
"I think it's well-intentioned to give health care to all, but when you start making commitments and making promises and then you can't fulfill them, I think that's problematic," said Jack Dorgan, Illinois Republican Party Chair.
None of the companies we spoke with would confirm how many people in Illinois had been sent notices their coverages were terminating.
Thursday's announcement is expected to allow millions of Americans maintain health care coverage.
How that happens and what that means for others remains to be seen.
illinois news, leah hope
- CPD officer killed in crash after police chase
- Brief warm-up followed by snow
- Missing plane may have created seismic event, Chinese researchers say
- ABC7 First Alert Weather Forecast
- Cops: Sober man testing vehicle breathalyzer causes crash 19 min ago
- Mundelein girl in court again after half-sister's murder
- Former suburban Dominick's to become Piggly Wiggly 28 min ago
- Ventra system only way to pay by July 1 22 min ago
- Cocaine stash found in Aurora man's home
- 2 accused of videotaping abuse at nursing home
- Pi Day celebrated on 3.14 with Chicago specials
- Photos: Chicago police officer killed in crash
- SUV rolls off Jane Addams exit ramp in Rosemont
- abcnews: Cops Seek Bad Witch Who Stole Ruby Red...
- John Hancock observatory to Tilt
23 min ago