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Pritzker swiftly wields expanded authority to freeze noncitizen wellness care enrollment

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker speaks during a press conference at the Horace Mann building in Springfield Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration wasted no time very last 7 days in training new authority granted by lawmakers to restrict the number of enrollees in a pair of condition-funded overall health care programs for lower-earnings noncitizens.

In a move that drew extreme backlash from immigrant rights advocates, Pritzker on Friday signed Dwelling Bill 1298 then quickly filed emergency rules authorized by the legislation to “temporarily” pause enrollment in the Well being Benefits for Immigrant Adults program as of July 1. That condition-funded system serves people aged 42 to 64 years who would be suitable for Medicaid advantages dependent on revenue concentrations but not their citizenship position.

A equivalent plan serving noncitizens age 65 and older, regarded as Overall health Positive aspects for Immigrant Seniors, will keep on being open unless of course enrollment reaches 16,500, at which time it will also be paused. As of June 7, there were 14,594 people today enrolled in HBIS, in accordance to the administration, which projected in March that enrollment would raise to 21,000 in the impending fiscal calendar year.