SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (KMOX) – Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration says a $60 billion package to provide health care to millions of low-income Illinois residents will save $1 billion over current expenses, while critics deride it as a “stealth deal” that they say is costing more than they expected.

The administration agreed to a four-year, roughly $15 billion annual contract with seven managed care organizations that will handle Medicaid coverage for 2.7 million Illinois residents beginning Jan. 1.

New federal data show that Illinois consumers are purchasing health insurance plans from the public Affordable Care Act exchange faster this year than they did last year.

The Chicago Tribune reports that numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released Wednesday found that more than 95,000 Illinois residents selected plans during the first four weeks of open enrollment this year.

That’s compared with about 68,000 at about the same time last year.

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