Today at 3 p.m., the Illinois Senate's Public Health Committee will be hearing SB 26, a bill that would allow for vast expansion of the state's Medicaid program, as called for in the ObamaCare legislation. Illinois is not required to allow these expansions and, in fact, current state law actually prohibits it -- a freeze on eligibility was passed in 2011 and extended in 2012.
As it stands now, Illinois' Medicaid program is already failing the people it is supposed to be helping, causing long waits for mediocre standards of care, and doing so all at a cost that is becoming rapidly unaffordable to taxpayers. Worse yet, if SB 26 were to pass, one-third of all Illinoisans could find themselves in Medicaid in just a few years.
The most effective action you can take right now is to file a witness slip in for the legislative committee. Often times, witness slips are the only source of information to lawmakers if people are opposed or supportive of a legislative measure. Filing a witness slip is very easy to do through the ILGA.gov website, and you do not need to attend the hearing in person.
File a witness slip in opposition to SB 26 here. In section III select "Opponent" and in section IV select "Record of Appearance Only." Witness slips must be filed by 2:45 p.m., fifteen minutes before the hearing is scheduled to begin.
Learn more about ObamaCare Medicaid expansions here.
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