Rockford 'Obamacare' Users Could Be Hit Hard Under Proposed Replacement Plan

Mar 23, 2017

Rockford residents who are getting their health insurance through the Illinois exchange under the current Affordable Care Act will lose an estimated average of $3,662 in subsidies under the proposed replacement American Health Care Act.

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That’s a drop of more than 42 percent.

Moreover, Rockford would be the hardest-hit by the changes – and residents in only two other Illinois cities would see their subsidies shrink.

A new study by WalletHub found that a median-income Rockford household of two non-smokers of median age would receive $8,662 in health-insurance subsidies under “Obamacare.”

That would drop to just $5,000 under the so-called “Trumpcare,” according to the study.

Rockford ranked as 13th hardest hit by the proposed repeal-and-replace plan among the cities of all sizes … and seventh among cities with population between 125,000 and 300,000.

The study also found that Elgin residents would lose an average of $376 in subsidies, while Peoria residents would lose $208. People in all other Illinois cities actually will save money if “Trumpcare” becomes law.

Residents of the study’s average household in three Illinois cities who would receive no subsidy under Obamacare could receive up to $6,000 annually under Trumpcare. Those cities are Arlington Heights, Naperville and Evanston.

Those numbers are based on the average subsidy for the 10 most-populous ZIP Codes in the city.

In Wisconsin, qualified residents of Madison and Kenosha would receive increased subsidies under Trumpcare. Residents of Milwaukee, Green Bay and Racine would see subsidies reduced.