Pritzker shortly wields expanded authority to freeze noncitizen well being care enrollment

Pritzker shortly wields expanded authority to freeze noncitizen well being care enrollment
Pritzker shortly wields expanded authority to freeze noncitizen well being care enrollment

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration wasted no time final week in exercising new authority granted by lawmakers to restrict the variety of enrollees in a pair of state-funded well being care packages for low-income noncitizens.

In a transfer that drew intense backlash from immigrant rights advocates, Pritzker on Friday signed Home Invoice 1298 then instantly filed emergency guidelines approved by the regulation to “quickly” pause enrollment within the Well being Advantages for Immigrant Adults program as of July 1. That state-funded program serves people aged 42 to 64 years who can be eligible for Medicaid advantages primarily based on earnings ranges however not their citizenship standing.

An identical program serving noncitizens age 65 and older, generally known as Well being Advantages for Immigrant Seniors, will stay open except enrollment reaches 16,500, at which era it would even be paused. As of June 7, there have been 14,594 folks enrolled in HBIS, in keeping with the administration, which projected in March that enrollment would enhance to 21,000 within the upcoming fiscal 12 months.