People looking for the best deals on the new Illinois health insurance marketplace should consider moving to cities along the northwestern state border, if they don't live there already. The Quad Cities area has the lowest prices for mid-level plans expected to be the most popular under President Barack Obama's new health initiative. That's according to price information released by the federal government, which is running the new Illinois marketplace. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois offers the lowest monthly rates for so-called bronze and silver plans in many parts of the state. The highest prices are in the northern Illinois counties of Lake, McHenry, Kane and DuPage. Rates vary by region for two main reasons: prices that hospitals negotiate with insurers and how frequently people use health services.
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