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April 18, 2007

Top healthcare officials testify before Senate Public Health and Human Services Committee on the urgent need for Governor Blagojevich's Illinois Covered plan

SPRINGFIELD – The Senate Public Health and Human Services Committee today heard testimony from top healthcare officials from around the state on the urgent need for Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s historic “Illinois Covered” plan to give every Illinoisan access to affordable and quality health coverage. The Governor’s plan will provide affordable coverage to the 1.4 million uninsured adults in Illinois and will also help many middle-income families and small businesses that are currently enrolled in health insurance plans save thousands of dollars a year on healthcare costs. It would also mean nearly $1.7 billion in new funding for hospitals and healthcare providers around the state. The Governor’s plan has been endorsed by the Illinois Hospital Association and numerous other medical provider organizations.

“For too long, working families in Illinois have gone without healthcare coverage – hurting their livelihood, their health, and their families. Millions of others who do have coverage are just one illness or job-change away from losing it. We’ve put together a plan that will give every uninsured person in Illinois access to the coverage they need, and will help bring down costs for everyone else,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “We know that the time is now for healthcare reform in Illinois, and we’re pleased to have top health providers and experts from around the state on board to help us achieve our goal of healthcare for all Illinoisans.”

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Posted by healthinsurance at April 18, 2007 08:36 PM