State Could “Lease” Name

(AP) A hospital group says Illinois could lease if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the subsidies that help some people afford health insurance. An Illinois Hospital Association memo released to The Associated Press lays out that option for Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers. The four-page memo is the clearest plan yet for how Illinois could pass legislation and create a state-based exchange. The Supreme Court could rule that only people living in states with their own exchanges can get federal financial help. A ruling is expected later this month. The memo includes an alternate possibility: Illinois could rent an exchange system from another state that has its own, such as Connecticut or Kentucky. Rauner has said only that his office “will take appropriate action” depending on the ruling.