(305 ILCS 5/5-1.4)
Moratorium on eligibility expansions.
Beginning on January 25, 2011 (the effective date of Public Act 96-1501), there shall be a 4-year moratorium on the expansion of eligibility through increasing financial eligibility standards, or through increasing income disregards, or through the creation of new programs which would add new categories of eligible individuals under the medical assistance program in addition to those categories covered on January 1, 2011 or above the level of any subsequent reduction in eligibility. This moratorium shall not apply to expansions required as a federal condition of State participation in the medical assistance program or to expansions approved by the federal government that are financed entirely by units of local government and federal matching funds. If the State of Illinois finds that the State has borne a cost related to such an expansion, the unit of local government shall reimburse the State. All federal funds associated with an expansion funded by a unit of local government shall be returned to the local government entity funding the expansion, pursuant to an intergovernmental agreement between the Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the local government entity. Within 10 calendar days of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall formally advise the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the passage of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly. The State is prohibited from submitting additional waiver requests that expand or allow for an increase in the classes of persons eligible for medical assistance under this Article to the federal government for its consideration beginning on the 20th calendar day following the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly until January 25, 2015. This moratorium shall not apply to those persons eligible for medical assistance pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) and 42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(10)(A)(i)(IX).
(Source: P.A. 97-687, eff. 6-14-12; 98-104, eff. 7-22-13.)