Medicaid Expansion Debate Ahead in Illinois House
House Democrats say failure to expand Medicaid would lead to unintended consequences. A Cook County program would be in jeopardy. And Illinois employers would be exposed to tax penalties of up to $106 million.
Republicans say they have concerns about future costs.
Thousands of uninsured Illinois residents would be newly eligible for coverage, with the federal government paying for their care the first three years.
The state Senate has approved the expansion and Gov. Pat Quinn supports it. A House committee is scheduled to hear it Tuesday.
The bill is SB26. Online: http://www.ilga.gov
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