House Approves Medicaid Expansion
House lawmakers approved the measure 63-55 Monday. It heads back to the Senate because of an adopted amendment. Gov. Pat Quinn is in favor. Up to half a million uninsured Illinoisans would be newly eligible for coverage, with the federal government paying costs for three years. Under the complex measure, 342,000 people are expected to enroll by 2017.
Democratic Rep. Sara Feigenholtz is a bill sponsor and says it's a historic move. Republicans opposed to the bill worried about future costs and long-term stability.
The bill is SB26. More information is online: www.ilga.gov .
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