Link-Jones-022813br0505“Thousands of low income people are now using emergency rooms as their primary care doctors. It is negatively impacting their long-term health as well as hospital and state finances,” Link said. “This would allow them to be covered by Medicaid with the federal government covering the cost. It’s a common senseplan that I’m happy to support,” said State Senator Terry Link (D- Waukegan).




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.

Expected benefits include:

  • Access to routine, coordinated care for 342,000 low-income adults
  • Fewer unnecessary and uncompensated emergency room visits
  • An influx of $1.1 billion in federal dollars in the first year and more than $12 billion in federal funds in the first eight years of the expansion
  • Job creation in the health care sector
  • $105 million in annual savings to the state as federal funds replace state expenditures on mental health, HIV/AIDS drugs and other areas of spending
  • A reduction in the burden on hospitals and local government currently caring for the uninsured
  • Better preventive care and mental health care for a vulnerable segment of the population
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In an effort to save our state money and improve transportation, State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) filed Senate Bill 1594 that would combine the Regional Transportation Authority and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to create a new agency. 

The new 18-member board would be appointed by several different groups including the mayor of Chicago, president of the Cook County Board and governor. 

Other groups that would have representation on the board include:
     •  Five members appointed by the Chairmen of Dupage, Kane, Lake, McHenry Counties and the County Executive of Will County
     •  Three members appointed by the Governor
     •  A 19th non-voting board member appointed by the Kendall County Chairman

The consolidated board would receive no compensation. 

“We need to avoid excessive bureaucracy and run our state more efficiently. This is a great opportunity to make that happen,” Link said. “Combining transit and regional planning will not only reduce overhead costs, it will lead to better investments and bring together area leaders to focus less on competing and more on doing whatever it takes to make our region great.”

Link said SB 1954 would eliminate unnecessary and duplicative functions within CMAP, RTA, CTA, Metra, and Pace. 

The legislation was recently filed in the Illinois Senate and awaits debate. 

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To help residents of Lake County in need of affordable housing, State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) introduced Senate Bill 1244.

The legislation would add a $3 surcharge to any real-estate related document to fund the Lake County Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

“For young people just getting their feet wet and for older people who no longer have a fixed income, it can be difficult to find affordable housing,” Link said. “My hope is that this surcharge will help the hardest-hit residents of Lake County find an affordable place to live.”

Potential projects to be funded with the surcharge include: housing production, including new construction, redevelopment and rehabilitation; down-payment assistance to homebuyers; rehab assistance to homeowners; preservation of existing affordable assistance; and more. 

All funds generated from the surcharge would stay in the county. According to the Lake County Affordable Housing Trust Fund, one in five renters is severely cost-burdened.

SB1244 was assigned to the Local Government Committee and awaits further action.

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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan), accompanied by his wife, Susan, and other family members, took the oath of office this week in the Illinois State Senate. The inauguration ceremony, held on the Senate floor at the State Capitol in Springfield, marks the beginning of the 98th General Assembly.

After the proceedings, Senate President John J. Cullerton named Link to the leadership role of assistant majority leader.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle during this new General Assembly,” Link said.  “I will continue my efforts as senator to find solutions to the pension problems faced by the state as well as bringing in additional revenues to the state that will help to increase funding for education and our human service programs.”

Link was first elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996 and is starting his sixth term in office.

During the 97th General Assembly Link served as majority caucus whip and was the chairman of the Gaming Committee.  He also served as the vice chairman of the Senate Financial Institutions and Local Government committees, as well as serving as a member of the State Government and Veterans Affairs Committee.

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