SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation designed to extend the length of health insurance coverage for workers laid off from small businesses.
The law applies to people who were laid off from firms with 19 or fewer employees. It extends the insurance premium subsidy from 12 to 15 months.
The law also extends the eligibility period so that workers who are laid off on or before May 31 can get a 65 percent premium reduction for up to 15 months. Eligibility used to end on Dec. 31.
Officials say the law ensures that former small business workers will be eligible for the premium reduction as long as the federal government makes it available.
The law takes effect immediately.
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