House committee approves state-run healthcare website legislation

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SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois House committee has approved legislation that would establish a state-run health insurance marketplace website.

The proposal, which was passed in a 9-6 vote on Monday, was approved by the Illinois Senate last year.  Currently, Illinois residents use the national HealthCare.gov website to purchase insurance.

The measure does face some opposition in the Illinois House, but state Representative Robyn Gabel, the bill's sponsor, says she's attempting to garner support for the measure.

According to the measure's supporters, a pending U.S. Supreme Court decision on tax credits and an end-of-the-year deadline to receive up to $300 million in federal funding helped push legislative action forward.

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