Governor Pat Quinn released the following statement on today's final passage by the Illinois Senate of Senate Bill 26, which increases access to health coverage for the uninsured under President Obama's Affordable Care Act. The bill was one of Governor Quinn's legislative priorities in his 2013 State of the State address:
"I applaud Senate sponsor Heather Steans, House sponsor Sara Feigenholtz and all the members of the General Assembly who voted to pass Senate Bill 26 and fully embrace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
"All people deserve access to decent health care. This bill will not only expand access to health care for the uninsured, it will also strengthen our efforts to transform Illinois' health care sector into a wellness system that focuses on preventative services and provides better quality treatment when people do become sick.
"This bill will improve the health of the people of Illinois and create thousands of good jobs in the health care field.
"I look forward to signing this legislation and making the promise of the Affordable Care Act a reality in Illinois."