The plan would extend Medicaid to approximately 500-thousand people currently without coverage. While Illinois would be responsible for the costs up front, the state will be reimbursed by the federal government. Democratic Senator Dave Koehler says it’s not like a quality system is being left behind.
“It’s not like people have a choice of whether they need health care or not. So what we’ve seen go on in this country for the last umpteen years is that we’ve cost shift. We’ve cost shift against all those folks that have insurance.”
But opponents, mainly Republicans, say it is too big a risk to expect reimbursement from the feds.Despite the concern, the proposal passed the Senate by a two-thirds vote. Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the legislation.