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Jay Rockefeller
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by Adam Doster
Fri Jan 29, 2010

Boosting The Medicaid Match Rate

One of the most successful -- and virtually unheralded -- provisions of the federal stimulus package is the increased federal match rate for Medicaid funding. Thanks to the recovery act, the feds now cover 61.88 percent of Illinois' Medicaid spending, up from the normal rate of 50.32 percent. That's allowed the state to provide insurance to a growing number of poor residents without blasting even larger holes in the state budget.