State Expansions: Illinois
In 2006, Illinois implemented Governor Blagojevich’s All Kids program, becoming the first state in the nation to offer health coverage to all children. Building on this foundation, the Governor proposed the comprehensive Illinois Covered plan to extend coverage to the state’s 1.4 million uninsured adults. However, when the funding mechanism for the proposal (a gross receipt’s tax) came up against opposition from the legislature, the Governor scaled back the reform measures.
Although the Governor's expansion of FamilyCare by emergency rule was thrown out in court, the state has enacted two helpful health care initiatives:
- Lawmakers and the Governor worked together to extend coverage to young adults. Enacted into law in August 2008, young adults are allowed to stay on their family health plan until they turn 26 beginning June 2009.
- Legislation was passed requiring hospitals to offer discounts to uninsured Illinoisans earning less than 600 percent of poverty ($105,600 a year for a family of three in 2008) in urban areas, and rural uninsured earning less than 300 percent of poverty ($52,800 a year for a family of three in 2008).
Illinois Expansion Resources
For general resources on state expansions, see Other Resources.
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