STATE OF ILLINOIS

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS 62706

Pat Quinn
GOVERNOR

June 29th, 2012

Ms. Marilyn Tavenner Acting Administrator & Chief Operating Officer Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 Dear Ms. Tavenner: I’m writing in support of the SimpleHx application to establish a private, nonprofit consumer operated and oriented plan (CO-OP) for the State of Illinois under Section 1322 of the Affordable Care Act. Health care is a basic human right, and I believe in the concept of “everybody in, nobody out.” Simple Hx has developed a model to increase access to healthcare for the thousands of Illinoisans who have never had the opportunity to purchase their own affordable health insurance. We need non-profit, community-based, consumer-focused alternatives in Illinois to provide affordable insurance coverage to individuals and small businesses. SimpleHx is developing a model that is focused on quality and coordinated care; my administration is working on implementing these principles in all of our medical programs. SimpleHX has already begun the process for becoming an approved mutual healthcare insurance company by the Illinois Department of Insurance. I know that the award of this loan would allow them to continue this process and show they are prepared to begin offering competitively priced insurance products to individuals across Illinois who will be purchasing health insurance for the first time.
Sincerely,

Pat Quinn

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