Gov. Pat Quinn says he is happy to see the U.S. Supreme Court uphold the Affordable Care Act. He says the state will follow the law and move forward on providing health care coverage for those who have none. The ruling means that 1.5 million Illinoisans who don’t have health insurance are eligible for assistance. The next step, according to Quinn, is to create a health insurance exchange.

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Low-income families that don’t have insurance will receive a government subsidy to purchase health insurance on the exchange. Those families would have an option of picking an insurance plan that suits them. Under the Affordable Care Act states are required to have the exchanges in place by 2014.

Quinn says the state is already off to a running start. “We’ve already been working on this issue and we’ve already been able to acquire resources and get people together to carry this mission out,” Quinn said.

Under the partnership, the federal government will initially shoulder 100 percent of the cost to cover those on Medicaid, estimated to be 500,000. By 2020, 10 percent of the cost would become the state’s responsibility.

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