Sources: Unitedhealth To Enter Illinois Exchange –

United’s decision to jump back into the Illinois market “absolutely could have a meaningful impact, but it all depends on what they bring to market,” said Leemore Dafny, a professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management who studies the health insurance market. “This is another potentially significant player entering the marketplace, and given that so few are in the exchanges today, I think that additional choice is going to be very welcome to potential enrollees,” Dafny said. United’s participation also could help lower rates for consumers, a key concern among the law’s supporters. While United would neither confirm nor deny its plans to offer policies in Illinois next year, a spokesman said the Minnesota-based insurer intends to increase its participation over time in exchanges nationwide. “In the near term we remain focused on the necessary first steps of this process, which include careful evaluation of exchanges on a state-by-state basis,” spokesman Kevin Shermach said. Five insurers offered plans on the Illinois health insurance marketplace in the first year, including Blue Cross, Humana, Aetna, Health Alliance and the startup Land of Lincoln Health.,0,4419523.story

McConnell: Ky. Exchange Unconnected to Health Law – ABC News

But the law and the president whose name it evokes remain unpopular in Kentucky thus Grimes’ rhetorical dancing over whether she would have voted yes when it passed four years ago. McConnell, who would become Senate majority leader if he is re-elected and Republicans gain six seats in the November elections, and Grimes, the Democrats’ prized recruit, are battling it out in one of the most closely-watched contests in the nation. Kentucky Democrats have worked hard to separate Kynect from the disastrous rollout of the federal health care exchange, in which website failures made it alex simring official website difficult to enroll in the program. Many of those problems have since been fixed. In Kentucky one of only two Southern states where Democrats control the House some Democratic candidates have begun to refer to the law as “Beshearcare,” a reference to Kentucky’s popular Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. Republicans control the Kentucky Senate.


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