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Health Insurance Prices Will Vary by Age, County

CHICAGO (AP) - In one week, Illinois plans to launch a new health insurance marketplace where consumers can shop online for coverage that's required under the nation's health care law. Until now, the cost of the coverage available on that marketplace has been a mystery.

Gov. Pat Quinn's administration released some cost information Tuesday a week ahead of the marketplace's opening day. Consumers have until Dec. 15 to sign up if they want coverage to start Jan. 1. 

About 1.8 million Illinois residents are uninsured. Many of them will qualify for free health coverage under an expanded Medicaid program. Others with low or moderate household incomes will be eligible for tax credits that will drop their costs lower than the rates announced Tuesday.

Here's a look at selected prices of insurance policies expected to be offered on the Illinois marketplace. The rates below are for non-smokers and before tax credits. Smokers will pay more. The rates are for bronze plans, which will have lower monthly premiums but higher out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles and co-pays, and for silver plans, which have higher monthly premiums but lower out-of-pocket costs:

 

                                           County Age  25  Age  40 Age  55

Lowest  cost  bronze  plan    Cook   $120   $152   $266

Lowest  cost  silver  plan       Cook   $165   $210   $367

Lowest  cost  bronze  plan    Peoria   $128   $163   $284

Lowest  cost  silver  plan       Peoria   $169   $215   $376

Lowest  cost  bronze  plan Champaign   $166   $211   $368

Lowest  cost  silver  plan Champaign   $215   $274   $478

Lowest  cost  bronze  plan  St.  Clair   $134   $171   $298

Lowest  cost  silver  plan  St.  Clair   $178   $226   $395

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