• FREELANCE WRITER AND FAMILY: A Chicago 40-year-old freelance writer and stay-at-home spouse and two children would pay $522 a month for a bronze plan or $716 a month for a silver plan. In Springfield, the family would pay $270 a month for a bronze plan or $495 a month for a silver plan.
In Belleville, the family would pay $296 a month for a bronze plan and $532 a month for a silver plan.
Many people may choose lower-cost plans instead of the average-cost plans. The Chicago family, for example, could get the second lowest cost silver plan for $410 a month, rather than the average of $716 a month.
An estimated 323,000 uninsured Illinois residents will be eligible for subsidized health insurance on the marketplace, according to a study by the nonpartisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Another 867,000 uninsured Illinoisans will qualify for free care under an expansion of Medicaid, the government safety-net program.