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THE ILLINOIS SENATE IS APPROVING AN EXPANSION OF MEDICAID UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA’S AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.
 
MEDICAID CURRENTLY COVERS ABOUT TWO POINT EIGHT MILLION POOR AND DISABLED ILLINOISANS. THE MEASURE OKAYED BY THE SENATE WILL MAKE ANOTHER 500 TO 600 THOUSAND PEOPLE ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS STARTING NEXT YEAR. SENATOR HEATHER STEANS (stains) OF CHICAGO SPONSORED THE BILL.
 
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THE HOUSE WILL ALSO NEED TO APPROVE THE EXPANSION. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL PAY FOR THE ADDITIONAL ENROLLEES FOR THE FIRST THREE YEARS.

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