Medicaid Expansion Signed into Law

ILLINOIS (WIFR) -- Federal funds are helping to pay for extended Medicaid coverage in Illinois. Today Governor Quinn signed Senate Bill 26 into law.

That means starting October 1st, single adults who make less than $16,000 a year or couples who make less than $27,000 will be eligible. Right now, only families with kids can apply. Over the next 4 years, the measure could help hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans, and the governor says that’s help that’s sorely needed.

"This is the way that we the people of Illinois are going to get more health insurance coverage for at least 342,000 of our neighbors. I think that's really an important objective that all of us have. Decent healthcare for everybody."

This expansion is all part of the Affordable Care Act.

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