Health Bill Would Affect Millions In Illinois

(Chicago, IL) — The health care bill passed by House Republicans could have a profound impact on millions of Illinois residents. The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation estimates that some of those who are on Medicaid, or who have plans from the Obamacare exchange could either lose their coverage or face higher premiums. The bill contains caps on Medicaid coverage, meaning the three-million Illinoisans who are covered that way could see coverage limited if the state cuts the program. The bill also allows states to seek waivers on what are now guaranteed services for Obamacare plan holders. That could mean things like maternity care, emergency room care, ambulance trips and mental health services wouldn’t be covered. These impacts could change, though, depending on what the Senate does with the bill the House sent them.