Springfield’s State Journal-Register reports on a new bill:
The reporter writes, “Illinois will become the first state to provide Medicaid for undocumented seniors…”
“…noncitizens over 65 years old and whose income is $12,670 or less, which is at or under the federal poverty level will be eligible for the taxpayer-subsidized medical care.”
Sponsor State Rep. Delia Ramirez said the coverage will “save the state money in the long run, costing about $2 million, which in her opinion, “is nothing to a $2 billion Medicaid bill,’” according to the article.
Continuing, the article says,
She said it’s about three times cheaper to cover undocumented seniors than it is to not cover them and then “have them in a hospital when they’re already dying and are in stage three of cancer and other things because they didn’t show up until they tested positive with coronavirus and then all these other things they had also came to light and became too late to prevent.”