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Illinois Governor Proposes Medicaid Cuts

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Illinois Governor Proposes Medicaid Cuts

February 22, 2015
On Wednesday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) proposed cuts totaling $1.5 billion to his state's Medicaid program in his FY2016 budget. The proposal calls for taking measures to ensure that Medicaid recipients who do not qualify for the program are removed from the program, eliminating nonmandatory adult services from Medicaid (such as dental care), and moving some medical-assistance recipients onto exchange plans. The state expects that moving some people off state medical assistance and onto Affordable Care Act-established health insurance exchanges will save the state approximately $41 million. 
 
The budget allocates $19 billion to Medicaid, approximately $1.5 billion less than was allocated the year prior.