Medicaid en Medicaid Purge In Illinois On Hold <p></p><p>Illinois' attempts to remove ineligible people from the state's Medicaid rolls are being delayed. It comes amid a legal fight between the state and its largest public employees' union over who should actually do the work. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:32:16 +0000 Mike Moen 36308 at Medicaid Purge In Illinois On Hold House Approves Medicaid Expansion <p></p><p>Low-income adults who do not have children would be eligible for state-backed health care coverage under a measure approved in the Illinois House.</p><p id="yui_3_7_2_1_1369731456448_5156"><span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1369731456448_5154">The Medicaid expansion is a signature plank of the federal Affordable Care Act. </span></p><p id="yui_3_7_2_1_1369731456448_5159"><span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1369731456448_5157">Republicans protested the move because they say Illinois cannot afford it. </span></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 09:18:59 +0000 WNIJ 30517 at House Approves Medicaid Expansion Illinois smokers brace for a big hit in the wallet <p>Illinois smokers could soon see a huge increase in the cost of a pack of cigarettes. The Illinois House today approved a plan to more than double the tax on cigarettes, to $1.98 a pack. Other tobacco products would see a similar increase. Fri, 25 May 2012 22:35:13 +0000 Susan Stephens 12348 at Illinois smokers brace for a big hit in the wallet General Assembly Approves Massive Medicaid Cuts <p class="yiv396387792MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt"><span style="font-size: 12pt">The General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved steep cuts to Medicaid, Illinois&#39; system of health care for the poor.&nbsp;&nbsp; Backers of the cuts say&nbsp;they are&nbsp;a long-overdue correction for a program that has grown out of control. Fri, 25 May 2012 10:05:33 +0000 Jenna Dooley & Brian Mackey 12307 at General Assembly Approves Massive Medicaid Cuts Illinois hospitals face struggles to stay on firm financial ground <p>Rockford-based Swedish American Health System has announced layoffs and job position eliminations to stay in the black,&nbsp; citing potential&nbsp;reductions&nbsp;to reimbursement rates under&nbsp;the state&#39;s Medicaid program.&nbsp; Wed, 02 May 2012 12:31:01 +0000 Mike Moen 11046 at Reports say Medicaid cuts would cost Illinois jobs <p>A pair of separate reports criticized proposed cuts to Illinois&#39; Medicaid program.&nbsp; Governor Pat Quinn wants to reduce program spending by $2-billion dollars, and raise cigarette taxes to close the rest of the Medicaid budget shortfall. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:31:25 +0000 Mike Moen 10720 at