On July 22, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 26 into law as Public Act 98-0104. This law implements the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois by expanding Medicaid to individuals whose income is at or below 138% of the Federal poverty level. This expansion will result in the largest increase in mental health funding in the state since the enactment of Medicaid decades ago1.
At the beginning of this week, the Illinois House of Representatives passed SB 26, a bill that will expand Medicaid eligibility to more than 300,000 uninsured Illinoisans. Trilogy has been in support of this bill since it was introduced in November 2012 and we are excited that the House has decided to open the doors of basic mental health services and primary healthcare to a greater number of underserved individuals.