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Lawmakers eye final attempt at state-run exchange
San Francisco Chronicle

Illinois lawmakers may have one more chance to approve a state-run health insurance marketplace during the fall legislative session that starts Wednesday, and they are under pressure from an end-of-the-year deadline and a pending court decision.

Supporters of creating a state-run website say the impending deadline to receive up to $300 million in federal funding plus a U.S. Supreme Court decision on tax credits due in the spring create urgency. Currently, Illinois residents purchase insurance on the national website.

Gov. Pat Quinn, who’s set to leave office in January, supports the idea, and the Illinois Senate passed a bill last year. Sponsors are now readying a House version. “I’d like to see the House take it up and pass it,” the Democrat said at a wellness fair Saturday.