ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Stateline families are bracing themselves for some of the biggest cuts to Medicaid Illinois has ever seen. Today Governor Quinn signed a bill that eliminates health insurance for 26,000 working parents many from right here in the Stateline.
The good news is that kids will keep their health insurance. The bad news is their parents are facing a different story. Working parents across the state are being cut off and many of them don't even make minimum wage.
Today Governor Quinn cut Medicaid by $1.6 billion. That means thousands of working parents are losing their health insurance and nearly 200 thousand people statewide will lose their prescription drug coverage. For parents like Desarae Stocker that means scrounging to pay for expensive insurance through their employers or going without. She only has two weeks to make a decision.
20,000 people in Winnebago County get some type of medical assistance from the state. If you currently get your health insurance from Illinois Family Care you need to check whether your coverage is ending. These cuts take effect July 1.
Governor Quinn also signed four other measures to help pay for the state's Medicaid program including a one dollar tax increase on each pack of cigarettes sold. In addition, some nursing homes and hospitals won't get as much in reimbursements and Illinois is eliminating regular dental care for adults and cutting back on vision care.
Are you losing coverage? Go to http://www.allkidscovered.com/ or call 1-866-ALL-KIDS (1-866-255-5437). Family Care Share and Premium Level 1 are being eliminated. See new income guidelines here: http://www.familycareillinois.com/income.html.
To qualify, a family of four must now make less than $2,555 a month.