March 8, 2007
Under the plan, every insurer in the state would be required to offer a standardized, comprehensive insurance policy to uninsured residents regardless of pre-existing medical conditions. The plan would have three main components:
- "Illinois Covered -- Assist," which primarily would be intended for childless adults with annual incomes below the federal poverty level who are ineligible for Medicaid and FamilyCare.
- "Illinois Covered -- Choice," which would offer low-cost insurance plans from private insurers to residents who are unable to obtain coverage through their employers.
- "Illinois Covered -- Rebate," which would help residents pay premiums for existing employer-sponsored health plans.
Blagojevich's plan also would expand eligibility for existing programs that serve some parents and people with disabilities who are returning to work.
Blagojevich estimates that 500,000 residents would sign up for the program in the first year, and more than one-third of all uninsured Illinois residents would have coverage by 2010.
Source: "Illinois Governor Proposes Health Coverage Expansion," Medical News Today, March 8, 2007; based upon: Judith Graham, "Governor's medical plan to cover 500,000," Chicago Tribune, March 4, 2007.
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