Illinois Legislature Passes $1.6B in Medicaid Cuts

The Illinois House and Senate approved a measure that would cut the state Medicaid program by $1.6 billion for the upcoming budget year, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

Hospitals and nursing homes would have their reimbursements slashed by $240 million combined, which is less than the original $675 million in payment cuts. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's original proposal would have cut $2.7 billion out of the Medicaid program.

Other cuts would include $350 million by conducting more stringent Medicaid screening; $49.8 million by reducing the number of people who can be eligible for FamilyCare, another state health insurance option; and $72.2 million by eliminating a state-paid prescription drug coverage program for 180,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities, according to the report.

Gov. Quinn, who still has to sign the legislation, is also still seeking support for a $1-per-pack increase in the cigarette tax.

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