SPRINGFIELD - With the promise of 100% federal Obamacare reimbursement for the next three years, House Democrats voted Monday to ignore Illinois' limit on Medicaid expansion to pass legislation that will include comprehensive health care for childless, low-income adults.
After hearing testimony from the Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos, State Rep. Patricia Bellock (R-Westmont) - who also serves as the committee Minority Spokesman - pointed out that an analysis from the CDC estimates the legislation could add $2 Billion to Illinois' already $8 Billion in unpaid obligations to Medicaid providers.
The Illinois Hospital Association and Illinois Chamber of Commerce testified in support of HB 6253.
Bellock urged the proposal be postponed until the regular session so more information could be gathered as to how much the proposal would cost Illinois, and how much leeway the state would have in three years to pull out of the program.
At this writing, all sponsors and co-sponsors of HB 6253 are Democrat House members, with exception of State Rep. Rosemary Mulligan (R-Park Ridge).