- Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 05:50 PM
“Today’s vote was an important step in taking care of our most at-risk constituents. This measure is an investment in ensuring consistent healthcare to improve not only the overall health of Illinois, but also reducing our critical care costs,” said State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) following the Senate’s vote of 40 to 19 on Senate Bill 26.
Key components of Senate Bill 26:
• All adults with incomes at or below 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Limit ($15,415 for an individual) will be able to enroll in Medicaid starting January 1, 2014. Currently, adults are eligible for Medicaid only if they have disabilities or care for dependent children.
• The federal government will reimburse Illinois for 100 percent of the costs of covering these newly eligible enrollees through 2017.
• The reimbursement rate will decrease gradually after 2017 but stay at 90 percent after 2020.
• If the federal government fails to reimburse the state at 90 percent or above, the newly eligible clients will become ineligible; Illinois will not be stuck with the bill.