Hundreds of thousands of low-income Illinoisans could get access to healthcare under a plan that’s passed through the legislature.
Lawmakers approved a Medicaid expansion bill that would add more than 340-thousand new people to the rolls. The bill cleared the House after two hours of intense debate Monday, with opponents saying it’ll cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars that it cannot afford. It passed the Senate Tuesday.
But supporters say the state will be reimbursed 100-percent for the coverage as outlined in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.