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.