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Illinois House committee approves Medicaid change

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A plan to change Illinois' Medicaid program for individuals with low-income has been approved by the Human Services Appropriations Committee.

The Illinois House committee voted nine to five in favor of the change, which is needed in order for the state to fulfill the national health care law in 2014.

Under the plan, all costs of new Medicaid recipients would be paid by the federal government from 2014 to 2017 and the subsidy for the United States would drop to 90 percent by the end of the decade.

Although the measure has moved to the floor, it may have to wait for the new Legislature to be sworn in because the current lame duck session ends Wednesday.

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