What’s poverty?

The Illinois governor is also talking about a health coverage expansion that would extend to one-third of the state’s uninsured population (1.4 million).

Like Schwarzenegger’s plan, it would extend its Medicaid (Medi-Cal, here) to adults without children living below poverty. Unlike California, though, the plan would extend subsidized coverage to families with uncome up to 400 percent of poverty ($82,600 for a family of four in 2007). Under the California Governor’s plan, the subsidies only extend to families up to 250 percent of poverty ($51,625 for a family of four).

It’s definitely something to look at, especially considering that Illinois and Caifornia’s median income are roughly the same, $70,558 and $69,377 per family of four, respectively.

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