Tri States Public Radio Staff
He says state will save billions of dollars
Thu June 28, 2012
Schock Finds Good News in Court Decision
Congressman Aaron Schock (R-18, Ill.) says he can find only one bright spot in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the bulk of the Affordable Care Act.
The court struck down a provision that Schock says would have reversed the state legislature's efforts to reduce the services and number of people on Medicaid.
The provision would have required states to increase the number of people on Medicaid or face funding cuts.
He says, “They (legislators) won't have to do it in order to keep their current Medicaid dollars. So that's a good news story, if you will, for Illinois. And it's potentially saving the state billions of dollars.”
The Peoria Republican says the state would have added 800,000 to 1,000,000 people to its Medicaid program during the first year provision was in effect.
He also says a House-Senate conference committee has come to an agreement on a federal transportation bill. The bill would keep Illinois' funding at current levels for just over two years.
Schock also says the bill streamlines some of the environmental report processes. He says currently many projects have state and federal environmental impact reports. The bill will eliminate the duplication.