House votes to save at-home care for elderly and disabled

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The House has endorsed a plan to spare thousands of people who receive state-subsidized at-home care.

The 74-13 vote Wednesday sends the measure to Rauner. Rauner had proposed imposing stricter conditions on eligibility for care for the elderly and disabled under the Medicaid health care program to save money in the state’s budget crisis.

Rep. Greg Harris, a Chicago Democrat, sponsored the measure. He says it would retain services for those currently receiving them while a new scoring system for determining eligibility is developed.

Service is provided to help some people stay in their homes or provide help in facilities. Proponents say it saves emergency-room and institutional costs.

SEIU Healthcare Illinois represents in-home workers. President Keith Kelleher says 34,000 people will continue receiving help.