Jobs Cut at Get Covered Illinois; Agency Moving to Department of Insurance

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration is eliminating 15 staff positions from Get Covered Illinois, the state’s health insurance exchange formed under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

In a further change announced today, the insurance exchange will operate as a division of the state’s Department of Insurance, instead of in the governor’s office.

The Rauner administration says moving Get Covered Illinois into the insurance department will “streamline program processes” and “improve efficiency.”

Officials said the Get Covered Illinois website and a call center will still operate, and in-person help will still be available from community groups statewide.

Staff members learned Wednesday of the layoffs that take effect July 31.

State officials expect that less federal funding will be available for the program than during its first two years.