State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant issued the following statement today after the Senate passed healthcare  expansion legislJBTMedicaidation (SB 26) out of its chamber.

“There are over 4,000 needy people in the 49th District who will benefit from this proposal. I am pleased that the Senate was able to pass legislation that extends protections to people and families whose health and well-being are too often overlooked.”

Key components of Senate Bill 26:

• All adults with incomes at or below 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Limit ($15,415 for an individual) will be able to enroll in Medicaid starting January 1, 2014. Currently, adults are eligible for Medicaid only if they have disabilities or care for dependent children.
• The federal government will reimburse Illinois for 100 percent of the costs of covering these newly eligible enrollees through 2017.
• The reimbursement rate will decrease gradually after 2017 but stay at 90 percent after 2020.
• If the federal government fails to reimburse the state at 90 percent or above, the newly eligible clients will become ineligible; Illinois will not be stuck with the bill.

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COWL logoSenator Bertino-Tarrant is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) Scholarship Award Program.  COWL created this scholarship program to assist mature women (25 years of age and older) in gaining economic independence through undergraduate college degrees.  The organization also promotes community service and leadership development.  Each grant awarded will be $2,500.

Scholarship applicants must enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours at an Illinois accredited college or University as well as volunteer or be employed by a community service organization that benefits women in transition.

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foreclosure-sample-letter-300x208State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant will co-host a foreclosure prevention workshop Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 9am-1pm at the Joliet Township High School West Campus.   Senator Pat McGuire and Representative Larry Walsh Jr. will host the event, with State Representatives Tom Cross, Emily McAsey and Natalie Manley as additional co-hosts.  

Over 30 workshops of this kind have been held throughout Illinois as an initiative of The State of Illinois’ Mortgage Relief Project (MRP).  MRP is a part of the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network and is dedicated to providing information and resources that can help homeowners take advantage of programs to lower their mortgages, avoid foreclosure and keep their homes.  IMRP also provides information on legal rights, credit counseling and avoiding scam artists. In addition, homeowners can also take advantage of private, one-on-one housing counseling with HUD-certified counselors during the workshop.

“I am pleased that The Illinois Mortgage Relief Project is able to provide these services to the people of Illinois,” said Sen. Bertino-Tarrant.  “The recession has affected everyone and it is important for people to get the information needed to help keep them in their homes during these difficult times.”

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