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2 big Illinois hospital-advocacy groups to merge


Two hospital advocacy groups in Illinois are merging in order to create a more powerful  lobbying voice on healthcare issues.

The groups are: Illinois Hospital Association, which represents more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health systems, and the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, representing more than 150 local hospitals and organizations.


Rent a health-insurance exchange


The Illinois Hospital Association says the cash-strapped state  might be able to set up a health-insurance exchange at a lower cost by “leasing” the federal government’s technology, which could appeal to as many as 34 states where a U.S. Supreme Court decision in King vs. Burwell could imperil insurance subsides.

The association also suggests the state could rent from another state that has its own exchange, such as Kentucky’s much admired exchange.

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