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Blagojevich Plans To Expand Coverage For Sick Children

llinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) on Thursday said he would act without legislative approval to expand Illinois' All Kids program to provide coverage for seriously ill beneficiaries up to age 21, the Chicago Tribune reports. Currently, beneficiaries are eligible for the program up to age 19.

According to Michael McRaith, director of the Illinois Division of Insurance,the program, called the All Kids Bridge, will cost $15 million to $20million in its initial year and enroll about 3,500 people annually. McRaith said efforts already have begun to enroll new beneficiaries.

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