Health Care Reform & Illinois
By 2014, nearly one million Illinoisans will become eligible for new health care coverage. This is an important step forward for access to health care in our state and reflects the commitment I’ve made to health care reform through increasing access to quality and affordable care in Illinois.
Already, more than a thousand Illinoisans have received coverage through Illinois’ federally-funded high risk pool and over 120,000 Illinois seniors received a $250 rebate check to help cover the cost of prescription drugs. Young adults in Illinois have the option to stay on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26, and children can no longer be denied access to coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
We are working hard to implement key provisions of the Affordable Care Act that make these benefits available. The law also provides opportunities for us to focus on prevention and increase the quality of health care delivery, and I encourage you to take some time learning about these initiatives on this website.
Through health reform, we are making great progress towards ensuring that quality and affordable health care is a reality for the people of Illinois.
Pat Quinn, Governor