Low-income adults who do not have children would be eligible for state-backed health care coverage under a measure approved in the Illinois House.
The Medicaid expansion is a signature plank of the federal Affordable Care Act.
Republicans protested the move because they say Illinois cannot afford it.
But House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie says the state is already paying for people without insurance.
Illinois will seek a partnership with the federal government to set up a health insurance exchange for the first year, aides to Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday.
That online marketplace eventually could help more than 1 million Illinoisans obtain affordable insurance as part of the federal health-care law.
Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 9:26 pm
On the day after the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law, Washington returned to business as usual.
In other words, supporters of the law were busy praising its virtues, and opponents calling for its demise.
Over at Georgetown University Law Center, several health law experts got together to dissect the court's ruling and what it might mean down the line.