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Support SB26: A New Medicaid Oppportunity for Illinois --- Fact Sheet

Date: 
01/18/2013

Support SB26: A New Medicaid Opportunity for Illinois

SB26 would allow for 342,000 low-income adults in Illinois to be newly eligible for and enrolled in Medicaid over the next four years. Coverage for those who enroll would start on Jan 1, 2014. Enrollment starts Oct 2013.

SB26 includes language that would cease coverage for this new population if the federal government’s share of Medicaid matching funds drops below 90%. The federal government pays 100% of the costs of the newly eligible from 2014 through 2016.

Who are the newly eligible?

  • Of the 1.7 million uninsured Illinois residents, approximately 342,000 people would be newly eligible for Medicaid.
  • Over 60% of those newly eligible are employed, but work at low-wage or part-time jobs that do not offer affordable coverage.

Why is it important for Illinois pass this legislation?

  • Through 2016, this legislation will bring an estimated $4.6 billion into Illinois in Medicaid provider payments for the newly eligible adults, with no net state costs for their health care.
  • Access to low-cost preventive and maintenance medical care through a  medical home will help to keep individuals out of costly emergency rooms. 
  • Coverage for this newly eligible population is required by federal law.

How much would this cost Illinois? 

  • “New Medicaid” would be paid for 100% by the federal government, from 2014 – 2016, replacing GRF and local government funds currently spent on this population and reducing the uncompensated care costs shifted to public and private payers. 
  • The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that total uncompensated care in Illinois would decline by approximately $953 million from 2013-2022.
  • Illinois would receive federal funds to pay for mental health and other services that are currently only state-funded.
  • Townships and general assistance units would be relieved from paying some of the bills of general assistance recipients who are uninsured.

SUPPORT SB26 TODAY! 

For more information, contact:

Kathy Chan, IL Maternal and Child Health Coalition, (773)251-8696 (cell), kchan@ilmaternal.org

Nadeen Israel, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, (847)620-9758, nisrael@heartlandalliance.org 

Ramon Gardenhire, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, (301) 379-3024, rgardenhire@aidschicago.org

Heather O’Donnell, Thresholds, (773) 572-5438, hodonnell@threshold.org 

Organizations supporting SB26 (last updated 1/4/2013)

  • Illinois Hospital Association 
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • Cook County
  • Cook County Health and Hospitals System
  • AARP Illinois 
  • Access Living 
  • Aetna 
  • AFC-Community Development Corporation 
  • Age Options 
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago 
  • AIDS Legal Council of Chicago 
  • Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry 
  • Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health 
  • Alzheimer Association Illinois Chapter Network 
  • American Nurses Association Illinois 
  • Areas of Aging (Northwestern, Western and Northeastern Illinois) 
  • Asian American Institute, Member of AACAJ 
  • Asian Health Coalition of Illinois 
  • Asian Human Services 
  • Asian Human Services Family Health Center 
  • Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois 
  • Association House of Chicago 
  • BJC Healthcare 
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois 
  • Campaign for Better Healthcare 
  • Center for Housing and Health 
  • Center on Halsted 
  • Champaign County Health Care Consumers 
  • Chestnut Health Systems 
  • Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness 
  • Chicago House and Social Service Agency 
  • Chicago Women’s AIDS Project 
  • Citizen Action Illinois 
  • CJE SeniorLife 
  • Community Behavioral Healthcare Association Illinois 
  • Community Counseling Centers of Chicago 
  • Community Elements 
  • Connect 2 Protect 
  • Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin 
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing 
  • Doctors Council SEIU 
  • Dr. Art Jones 
  • DuPage County Health Department 
  • Ecker Center for Mental Health 
  • Equip for Equality 
  • Erie Family Health Center 
  • Families and Children’s Network (FCAN) 
  • Family Services SRC 
  • Family Voices of Illinois/The Arc of Illinois Family to Family 
  • Grand Prairie Services 
  • Haymarket Center 
  • Health Alliance Medical Plans 
  • Health and Disability Advocates 
  • Health and Medicine Policy Research Group 
  • Health Information Center 
  • Healthcare Alternative Systems 
  • Healthcare Consortium of Illinois 
  • Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights 
  • Heritage Behavioral Health Center 
  • Housing Opportunities for Women 
  • Howard Brown Health Center 
  • Human Resources Development Institute, Inc 
  • Illinicare Health Plan 
  • Illinois Academy of Family Physicians 
  • Illinois Action for Children 
  • Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association 
  • Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans 
  • Illinois Assistive Technology Program 
  • Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging 
  • Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators 
  • Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities 
  • Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics 
  • Illinois Citizens for Better Care 
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 
  • Illinois Collaboration on Youth 
  • Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition 
  • Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living 
  • Illinois Partners for Human Service 
  • Illinois Primary Health Care Association 
  • Illinois Psychological Association 
  • Illinois Public Health Association 
  • Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) 
  • Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing 
  • Independence Center 
  • Indian American Medical Association Charitable Foundation 
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago 
  • La Rabida Children’s Hospital 
  • Lake County Health Department 
  • Latino Policy Forum 
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital 
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois 
  • Maine Center, Inc. 
  • March of Dimes 
  • Men & Women in Prison Ministries
  • Mental Health America of Illinois 
  • Mental Health Summit 
  • Meridian Health Plan of Illinois 
  • METRO Counties of Illinois 
  • Metropolitan Asian Family Services 
  • Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force 
  • Metropolitan Family Services
  • Molina Healthcare of Illinois NAMI Cook County North Suburban 
  • NAMI DeKalb Kane South and Kendall Counties 
  • NAMI of Greater Chicago 
  • NAMI of Illinois 
  • NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago 
  • National Association of Social Workers IL Chapter 
  • National Council of Jewish Women-Illinois Committee 
  • National Kidney Foundation of Illinois 
  • New Foundation Center 
  • Next Steps- NFP 
  • Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium 
  • Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living 
  • Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
  • Organization of the NorthEast (ONE) 
  • Ounce of Prevention Fund 
  • Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative 
  • Planned Parenthood of Illinois 
  • Prairie Center 
  • Presence Health 
  • Progressive Action for the Common Good 
  • Project IRENE 
  • Protestants for the Common Good 
  • Respiratory Health Association 
  • Roosevelt University's Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy 
  • Rosecrance 
  • Sacred Creations 
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law 
  • SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana 
  • SEIU Illinois Council 
  • SEIU Local 73 
  • Sinai Health System 
  • South Asian American Policy & Research Institute 
  • Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) 
  • Statewide Independent Living Council 
  • Supportive Housing Providers Association
  • TASC, Inc. 
  • The Arc of Illinois 
  • The South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse 
  • Thresholds 
  • Township Officials of Illinois
  • Trilogy 
  • Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center 
  • UCB Pharma 
  • United Power for Action and Justice 
  • University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System 
  • Vermilion County 708 Mental Health Board 
  • Voices for Illinois Children 
  • WellCare 
  • Wells Center 
  • WellSpring Resource