Quinn activates part of Obama's Affordable Care Act

By WEEK Reporter

July 22, 2013 Updated Jul 22, 2013 at 10:45 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday that enacts part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act by making Medicaid coverage available to all low-income adults in Illinois.

“In the home state of President Obama, we believe access to quality health care is a fundamental right and we proudly embrace the Affordable Care Act,” Governor Quinn said. “This legislation will greatly improve the health of hundreds of thousands of people across Illinois, strengthen our health care system and create thousands of good jobs in the health care field."

Senate Bill 26 will make Medicaid coverage available to adults with annual income below 138 percent of the federal poverty line, which is $15,860 for individuals and $21,408 for couples.

Currently, Medicaid is only available to children, their parents or guardians, adults with disabilities or seniors. Enrollment for the newly eligible population will begin October 1 with coverage starting on January 1.