Medicaid

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Quinn Signs Bill Raising Cigarette Taxes To Fund Medicaid

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a bill to help the state’s struggling Medicaid program, but critics are convinced the budget solution will do more harm than good.

CBS Chicago–06/14/2012

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GOP Leadership Protects Their Budget While Cutting Ours

On Friday, June 8, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the Republican caucus perfectly summed up exactly how little regard they have for the American public. They talk about budget cuts. […]

06/13/2012

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Lawmakers Approve $1 Per Pack Cigarette Tax Hike

Illinois lawmakers have approved a $1 per pack cigarette tax increase to help fill a gaping Medicaid budget hole, and the governor has indicated he’ll sign it quickly when it reaches his desk.

05/29/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Senate Dems’ Budget Plan Advances In Springfield

It’s unlikely to be the final budget, but the Senate Democratic budget proposal is moving through the legislature.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to the City Club of Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Wants ‘Epic’ End To Legislative Session

Lawmakers have less than two weeks before their scheduled adjournment, and the governor wants to make sure they’re on the right track.

WBBM Newsradio–05/22/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to the City Club of Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Urges Business Leaders To Help Push For Medicaid, Pension Reforms

Gov. Pat Quinn is enlisting the support of Chicago’s business community to sell his Medicaid and pension reform plans to state lawmakers before the Legislature adjourns at the end of this month.

CBS Chicago–05/14/2012

About 800 nursing home workers and administrators hold a rally outside the Thompson Center to protest Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed reductions in Medicaid spending, which would cut about $237 million in funding to the state's nursing homes. (Credit: CBS)

Nursing Home Workers Protest Quinn’s Planned Medicaid Cuts

A spirited rally organized by the state’s nursing home industry livened up the plaza outside the Thompson Center on Monday, as workers and administrators gathered to protest the governor’s planned Medicaid cuts.

CBS Chicago–05/07/2012

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Nursing Homes Protest Quinn’s Planned Medicaid Cuts

Representatives of Illinois nursing homes say Governor Pat Quinn’s proposed cuts in Medicaid funding will devastate the industry and could leave seniors homeless.

CBS Chicago–04/22/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn discusses his plan to save $2.7 billion in costs on Medicaid spending, through a variety of program cuts and a $1-per-pack cigarette tax hike. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Calls For Tax Hike, Service Cuts To Help Fix Medicaid

Trying to save $2.7 billion on Medicaid costs, Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday his job is to tell lawmakers not what they want to hear, but what they need to hear.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2012

Illinois House Floor

State Panel Fails To Come Up With Plan To Cut Medicaid Budget

An Illinois state panel appointed to find ways to cut Medicaid costs has taken one step forward and two steps back.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2012

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Hospital Group: Quinn’s Budget Will Undermine Health Care For The Poor

An official representing some 200 Illinois Hospitals is warning against the big Medicaid cuts in Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget.

WBBM Newsradio–04/06/2012

Illinois House Floor

Illinois House Approves Austere Spending Limits

Virtually all parts of state government would be forced to cut spending under a budget outline approved by the Illinois House.

03/29/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Conservative Group Presents Alternative State Budget Plan

A conservative think tank has proposed an alternative state budget that would cut wages for state employees by 10 percent; require retired workers to pay for their own health care premiums; and force local school districts to fund teacher pensions, instead of the state.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn On Budget: Medicaid Is On Brink Of Collapse

In presenting his 2012 budget plan Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn said the state’s Medicaid is on the brink of collapse.

CBS Chicago–02/22/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters on Feb. 19, 2012, about his plan to ask many state agencies to cut their budgets by at least 9 percent when he presents annual budget address. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Set To Announce Major Cuts To Medicaid

Gov. Pat Quinn said Monday that he plans to call for significant cuts to Medicaid funding as part of his effort to slash the state budget to spending levels lower than fiscal year 2008.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn Wants To Cut $2 Billion From Medicaid Budget

Gov. Pat Quinn previewed some tough budget choices Tuesday, saying he wants to cut $2 billion from the state’s Medicaid budget to help solve the state’s fiscal woes.

02/07/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Spokeswoman: Quinn Wants To Take On Ballooning Medicaid Costs

A spokeswoman says Gov. Pat Quinn wants to address the problem of skyrocketing Medicaid costs in Illinois, but state legislators are not cooperating.

CBS Chicago–01/31/2012

Laurence Msall

Civic Federation: State Could End Up With $35M In Unpaid Bills

Ahead of Gov. Pat Quinn’s state of the state address this Wednesday and his budget address next month, a tax watchdog group is sounding the alarm about Illinois’ looming financial disaster.

WBBM Newsradio–01/30/2012

Seniors Protest

Seniors Join Occupy Chicago To Protest Safety Net Program Cuts

A large group of seniors joined Occupy Chicago protesters at Federal Plaza Monday morning for a lively protest.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Department Of Human Services Under Fire For Failing Those In Need

The state’s Department of Human Services has come under fire from the Illinois auditor general, who found the department isn’t doing enough to ensure the eligibility of those on Medicaid, welfare and children’s health insurance programs.

WBBM Newsradio–07/29/2011

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