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September 3, 2014, 2:08 am
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Over A Billion Dollars Cut From Medicaid


Illinois lawmakers have voted to slash well over a billion dollars from the state’s Medicaid program, but Governor Pat Quinn says their work isn’t done yet.

 

The one-point-six billion in reductions will drop thousands of people from eligibility, eliminate some programs entirely, including a prescription drug plan for seniors, and intensify efforts to make sure anyone receiving Medicaid is entitled to it.

 

But Quinn says lawmakers also need to approve a cigarette-tax increase in order to provide the rest of the money needed to stabilize Medicaid.

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