SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate has advanced a plan to restore Medicaid cuts made in 2012.
Senators voted 46-10 on Thursday to expand Medicaid to include funding for adult dental and podiatry services. Those were cut two years ago to save money.
Republicans have expressed concerns about sustaining services during a difficult budget year.
The Illinois House approved the measure on Wednesday.
Democratic Rep. Greg Harris is a bill sponsor. He has said that the 2012 cuts didn't save the state money because people wound up in the emergency room, which costs more. Harris says the additional services will cost about $221 million this year. But he says federal money will cover some of the expenses, making the final cost to taxpayers about $125 million.
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