CHICAGO – August 10, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today commended Congress for its decisive vote to extend the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP), including up to $550 million for Illinois’ Medicaid programs and more than $400 million in education funding. The legislation passed the U.S. Senate last week and now heads to President Obama after clearing its final hurdle in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“This extension is crucial in keeping our teachers in the classroom and funding Medicaid services for our most vulnerable citizens,” said Governor Quinn. “I would like to thank the Illinois members of the U.S. House of Representatives and all of the members of the U.S. Congress who voted to extend this funding that will support so many jobs here in Illinois.”
Representatives returned from their summer vacations in order to vote for the measure that will prevent layoffs of teachers and first responders. Many states like Illinois would have been forced to make additional budget cuts without today’s funding extension.