States across the nation are adopting provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and Illinois may soon do the same. The Senate passed a bill that adds 342,000 low-income adults aged 19-64 to Medicaid. State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), who is sponsoring the bill, says this will not be a financial burden on the state.
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“The federal government will pay 100 percent of the costs of this new population for three years and will phase that down to 90 percent by 2020.  SB 26 includes language to end this program if the federal government drops its share below the 90 percent,” Steans said.

Republicans criticized the bill, citing affordability. State Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) says the state can’t afford adding new people to Medicaid.  "To those who are concerned about education cuts that continue, this right here is yet another robbing of Peter to pay Paul. It’s taking from your pet project, your pet issue, education, 'cause there isn’t going to be the money,” Murphy said.

SB 26 passed on a 40-19 party-line vote.
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