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Assurant, UnitedHealth may sell through Illinois exchange

Three health insurers are likely to start selling coverage through the Illinois public health insurance exchange for the first time in 2015.

Illinois – a state that helps the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) run its exchange through a partnership arrangement – has not yet released information about its 2015 exchange plan menu. Peter Frost reports in the Chicago Tribune that representatives for UnitedHealth (NYSE:UNH) and Assurant (NYSE:AIZ) say the companies want to sell coverage through the Illinois exchange next year. A third carrier, Centene (NYSE:CNC), will team up with hospitals to sell exchange coverage under the IlliniCare Health brand.

This year, Frost writes, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, a unit of Health Care Service Corp., is covering about 200,000 of the 217,492 people who bought 2014 qualified health plan (QHP) coverage through the Illinois exchange.

—Allison Bell
Centene is jumping in with its IlliniCare Health brand.

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