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October 24, 2014, 4:31 am
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State Official: Medicaid Cuts Bad, But Alternative Would Be Worse

A top state official says Governor Pat Quinn’s Medicaid proposals will create difficult situations for some people… but not as bad as the meltdown that would result if the state doesn’t get the program under control. 


Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos (HAY’-muss) says Medicaid will collapse in another year unless the state finds nearly three-billion in savings. 


Quinn’s proposal would throw some people off the program, limit benefits for others, and reduce the payments to health care providers.  But Hamos says that’s nothing compared to the “calamity” that would result if Medicaid goes broke in another year.  [She appeared live Tuesday on 970 WMAY’s “Jim Leach Show.”]

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