Sen. Kirk says stroke changed perspective on Medicaid

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"I will look much more carefully at the Illinois Medicaid program to see how my fellow citizens are being cared for who have no income and if they suffer from a stroke," Kirk said.

Kirk, 53, will return to the Capitol Thursday for the first time since a stroke left him almost unable to move the left side of his body in January 2012.

Doctors say a blocked artery caused the ischemic stroke. Kirk has spent most of the last year in rehabilitation, on a treadmill.


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