SPRINGFIELD -- The state's All Kids programs would more aptly be called Most Kids under a sweeping Medicaid reform bill overwhelmingly passed by the House this afternoon. It now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk.

SPRINGFIELD -- The state's All Kids programs would more aptly be called Most Kids under a sweeping Medicaid reform bill overwhelmingly passed by the House this afternoon. It now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk.


The legislation, which does not tighten eligibility in other parts of the Medicaid program, passed on a 111-4 vote. Enrollment in All Kids, an initiative of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich designed to offer health care to every child in the state, would be limited to families whose incomes were 300 percent of poverty or less.


Those who make more than that threshold -- Julie Hamos, director of the state Department of Healthcare and Family Services estimated 3,000 would be affected -- would have 12 months to find new health care for their kids. Sponsors of the bill hope that the federal health care law, parts of which are in effect today, will allow families booted off All Kids to get health insurance.


The legislation also requires 50 percent of Medicaid recipients to be in managed care programs by 2015, requires recipients to prove annually that they are eligible for the program and creates civil penalties for Medicaid fraud.


The bill, which was crafted in bipartisan negotiations, will save $775 million over the next five years, said House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, its Democratic co-sponsor.


While it cuts back on All Kids eligibility, it does not cut back on optional Medicaid services that Illinois offers, said Rep. Patricia Bellock, R-Westmont.


"Twenty other states have cut out those benefits," Bellock said. "We felt ? that those were essential to a better quality health in Illinois in the Medicaid system."


Rep. Rich Brauer, R-Petersburg, who voted for the bill, said he wanted to see the state reinstitute a fraud investigation unit to look for Medicaid fraud.


Chris Wetterich can be reached at (217) 788-1523.