Mike Claffey http://wuis.org en State Defends Hiring After Madigan Referral http://wuis.org/post/state-defends-hiring-after-madigan-referral <p>Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s administration says there should be no doubt about the qualifications of a former Metra transit employee hired by the state after a referral by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. &nbsp;<br />Central Management Services spokesman Mike Claffey&nbsp; says Patrick Ward worked for 25 years in Chicago&#39;s personnel department and has a master&#39;s degree with an emphasis in labor relations. &nbsp; Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:48:20 +0000 Associated Press 11065 at http://wuis.org State Defends Hiring After Madigan Referral Illinois Still Waiting On Key Obamacare Approval http://wuis.org/post/illinois-still-waiting-key-obamacare-approval <p></p><p>The price of insurance policies that will be offered under the federal health care overhaul remain a mystery, even to state officials.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oct. 1 will be a big day across the country for President Barack Obama's signature health care law. It's the launch date for insurance marketplaces, the Affordable Care Act's term for where people without insurance will be able to shop for coverage.</span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:46:32 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8743 at http://wuis.org Illinois Still Waiting On Key Obamacare Approval Feds Delay Won't Impact Illinois Health Marketplace http://wuis.org/post/feds-delay-wont-impact-illinois-health-marketplace <p>Illinois officials say the one-year delay in a central requirement of President Barack Obama's health care law will have no direct impact on the new online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop for coverage. &nbsp;<br>A spokesman for Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace is on track to begin enrollment on Oct. 1. Mike Claffey says consumers can expect a range of affordable health care options. &nbsp; Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:48:38 +0000 Sean Crawford 5186 at http://wuis.org Feds Delay Won't Impact Illinois Health Marketplace