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WNIJ's summary of news items around our state.

Illinois ranks high in deaths linked to lack of health insurance

Illinois ranks 6th in the nation when it comes to deaths caused to a lack of health insurance. The findings were issued by Families USA, an advocacy group. The report looked at data between 2005 and 2010. 

During that time, Illinois had nearly five-thousand deaths of uninsured people between the ages 25 and 64. The report's authors say their research underscores the need for the Affordable Care Act to remain intact.  The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling on the law tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a northern Illinois Congressman says there's only one part of the federal health-care law he'd like to keep in place.  16th District Republican Don Manzullo says it's the provision that allows young adults to stay on their parent's insurance:

"The rest is just big government, one mandate after the other."

The "young-adults" provision is also included in several separate overhaul bills pushed by House Republicans.  Manzullo and other GOP lawmakers say a piecemeal approach, over a longer period, would be a better way to improve the health-care system.