Medicaid Expansion in Illinois closer to reality
Springfield IL, On February 21 the Illinois State senate passed Governors Quinn’s request to expand Medicaid in the State by a 40-19 vote. A vote that was completely partisan having all Democratic in the senate voting “Yes”, and all Republicans voting “No” The next step will be for the bill to go to the Illinois house for one last vote.
This is very positive and lucrative news for the Governor and the State of Illinois. Based on the current plans for Medicaid Expansion put in place by the Affordable Care Act the states that choose to expand Medicaid will receive funding from the federal government to cover all new enrollees at a100% of the cost for the first three years. In the case of Illinois Medicaid Expansion is expected to bring the State over 12 Billion dollars in funds to to the state.
In addition to the dollars and jobs that Medicaid Expansion would bring the state, the Medicaid Expansion proposal would also cover an additional 342,000 individuals who are considered low income adults within the state. This 342,000 number would be an incremental add to the 2.7 Million Illinois residents who are currently part of the state’s Medicaid system.
While the majority of the Illinois House is made of Democrats, Republican representatives shared their frustration at the passing of the bill. One Senator from Bloomington said that Medicaid Expansion in Illinois needs to be part of a comprehensive initiative to take into account various unpaid bills the state currently has outstanding.
Since the Government will only cover 100% of new enrollees cost, the state still has over 150,000 individuals in needs to pay 50% of the Medicaid costs for. This is expected to cost the state of Illinois which is currently running at a deficit over $200 Million dollars in 2014.
At this point in time Illinois seems on target to embrace the Affordable Care Act, and all its provisions.