Illinois officials must decide how to implement key provisions of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul now that the US Supreme Court upheld the law's individual insurance requirement. That includes developing an online insurance marketplace where people and small businesses can comparison shop for insurance beginning in 2014. Governor Pat Quinn's administration isn't answering questions about Illinois' plans, but aides say the Governor is "thrilled" by the ruling. A lawmaker who led work on implementing the state's insurance exchange has said Illinois won't be able to meet a November 16 deadline to get it set up. Democratic Representative Frank Mautino said this week Illinois must consider a federal-state partnership to meet the requirement. Illinois officials estimate about 800,000 now-uninsured residents would get public or private health insurance.
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