Medicaid

Talk Radio News Service

It's been a year since the Affordable Care Act launched. The state says 685,000 people have taken advantage of the law --- more than expected.

That includes Keith Moons, who says his family lost insurance coverage in 2011 and weren't able to get it back because of unemployment and preexisting conditions.

Report: Illinois Overdrew Federal Medicaid Money

Aug 18, 2014
OIG at HHS

A report has found that Illinois overdrew Federal Medicaid funds by using faulty procedures.

Medicaid Purge In Illinois On Hold

Sep 18, 2013
state of Illinois

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.

House Approves Medicaid Expansion

May 28, 2013
ilga.gov

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.

The Medicaid expansion is a signature plank of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Republicans protested the move because they say Illinois cannot afford it.

But House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie says the state is already paying for people without insurance.

WNIJ

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.

General Assembly Approves Massive Medicaid Cuts

May 25, 2012

The General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved steep cuts to Medicaid, Illinois' system of health care for the poor.   Backers of the cuts say they are a long-overdue correction for a program that has grown out of control.

Rockford-based Swedish American Health System has announced layoffs and job position eliminations to stay in the black,  citing potential reductions to reimbursement rates under the state's Medicaid program. 

A pair of separate reports criticized proposed cuts to Illinois' Medicaid program.  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.