Illinois May Lose $678 Million In Health Insurance Subsidies

Mar 11, 2015

Illinois could lose $678 million in health insurance subsidies this year in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Worst case scenario for Illinois: More than 270,000 people will lose the federal subsidies that help them pay for health insurance. That’s according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Opponents of the federal health care law argue the subsidies are illegal in states like Illinois that rely on the federal government to run their health insurance exchanges. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has said he would “take appropriate action depending on how the Supreme Court rules.” 

Twenty-two states have signed onto an amicus brief in the case, including Illinois. They argue in favor of the subsidies, saying Congress intended the health law to cover all Americans.