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Holmes: We must act now to protect health care for children

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SPRINGFIELD — Calling on her colleagues in the Senate and Gov. Bruce Rauner to act quickly to avoid the loss of crucial federal matching funds intended to provide health insurance to children, State Sen. Linda Holmes called for an extension to the Covering All Kids Health Insurance Act.

“This is a program aimed squarely at ensuring children are covered by health insurance,” Holmes said. “For the past decade, this program has been supported by both sides of the aisle, and it shouldn’t be at risk now. I urge the Senate to pass this measure extending the sunset date on this important and inexpensive program, and that Governor Rauner swiftly sign it.”

The program covers an estimated 41,000 children from working poor families, regardless of their immigration status, and is one reason Illinois has the second highest rate of health coverage for Latino children in the nation at 95.5 percent. It constitutes roughly one half of one percent of the state’s health insurance spending while bringing in $40 million in federal matching funds.

The Covering All Kids Health Insurance Act will end July 1 unless the legislation, House Bill 5736, passes the General Assembly and is signed into law. That proposal extends the sunset date to October 1, 2019.

Having passed out of the Senate Human Services Committee last week, the legislation is now before the full Senate for consideration.

Sen. Linda Holmes

Assistant Majority Leader Linda Holmes

Assistant Majority Leader
42nd District

Years served: 2007 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture (Vice-Chairperson); Commerce and Economic Development (Chairperson); Executive; Labor; Local Government (Vice-Chairperson); Telecommunications & InfoTechnology.

Biography: Elected to the Senate in 2006; born March 16, 1959, in Chicago; received a bachelor's degree from the National College of Education (now National-Lewis University); First woman president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry; Full-time state legislator.

Associated Representatives:
Barbara Hernandez
Stephanie A. Kifowit