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    • Medical marijuana rules get Illinois committee OK - MyFox Chicago July 16, 2014
      SFGateMedical marijuana rules get Illinois committee OKMyFox ChicagoYou have to have a bonafide relationship with a doctor,” Lang added. Medical cannabis program coordinator Bob Morgan says interested patients should start talking with their doctors about the program. The Illinois State Medical Society is helping its ...Illinois approves rules for medical ma […]
    • Quinn Signs New Bill that gives Epilepsy Patients Access to Medical Marijuana - The Chicago Monitor July 23, 2014
      ReutersQuinn Signs New Bill that gives Epilepsy Patients Access to Medical MarijuanaThe Chicago MonitorSoon adults and children with epilepsy will gain access to the use of medical marijuana in Illinois under a law signed on Sunday, July 20, by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. This new law, or SB 2636, is the latest in a series of governmental measures ...Quin […]
    • Illinois Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana for Epileptic Adults and Children - The National Law Review July 23, 2014
      Illinois Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana for Epileptic Adults and ChildrenThe National Law ReviewDuring prior committee hearings, the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) indicated he planned to offer further amendments to the bill that would prohibit children from smoking the medical cannabis. During the debate on the House floor ...and more […]
    • Medical marijuana: The risk/reward debate for hospitals - Healthcare Dive July 23, 2014
      Medical marijuana: The risk/reward debate for hospitalsHealthcare DiveSays Illinois representative Lou Lang (D), a supporter of medical marijuana: "It's clear the federal government is trying to stay out of the way of legal medical marijuana sales, and it may be [hospitals operating dispensaries] wouldn't have a problem ...
    • Report: More Illinois children living in poverty - Chicago Daily Herald July 22, 2014
      Report: More Illinois children living in povertyChicago Daily HeraldGov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will allow minors with epilepsy to use medical marijuana.The governor signed the measure Sunday in Chicago. It was sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Iris Martinez of Chicago and Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie.
    • Genesee Valley Partnership honors graduates - The Daily News Online July 22, 2014
      Genesee Valley Partnership honors graduatesThe Daily News OnlineThrough the generosity of Ellen McEwen and Lou Lang, the Batavia Rod & Gun Club, and contributions from many sportsmen's clubs and organizations in Western New York, two Paul Levins Memorial Awards have been established. This year's Paul Levins ...
    • Amazon.com (AMZN) Announces Expansion of Prime Music - StreetInsider.com (subscription) July 23, 2014
      Amazon.com (AMZN) Announces Expansion of Prime MusicStreetInsider.com (subscription)Tom Waits and More, Experience unique voices and arrangements from Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Lou Reed, and more. .... Eva Cassidy and More, The crystalline voice of Eva Cassidy is accompanied by Dido, K.D. Lang, and more. Lord Huron and More, Lord ...and more »
    • From the Archives — July 23, 2014 - Delphos Herald July 23, 2014
      From the Archives — July 23, 2014Delphos HeraldFive students from the Verl and Werther area in Germany arrived in the U.S. on Sunday. They will stay with host families in Delphos and will attend Delphos Jefferson and St. John's high schools this fall. After four months of “the American experience ...
    • Toronto Film Fest Will Close World Premiere of 'A … - Deadline.com July 22, 2014
      Calgary HeraldToronto Film Fest Will Close World Premiere of 'A …Deadline.comJoining a group of freelance camera crews who film marketable mayhem, Lou makes his own place at the table, aided by Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news. Blurring the line between observer and perpetrator, Lou finds his calling in ...SPECIAL PRESENTATIONSCo […]
    • Swedish Covenant Wants To Be First Illinois Hospital to Dispense Pot - NBC Chicago July 21, 2014
      NBC ChicagoSwedish Covenant Wants To Be First Illinois Hospital to Dispense PotNBC ChicagoLou Lang, D-Skokie, a sponsor of the medical marijuana legislation, said he's not opposed to the idea but doubts any changes would come this legislative session. “It's clear the federal government is trying to stay out of the way of legal medical ...and more » […]
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Illinois Medicaid, Pension Costs Will Push Illinois Bill Backlog to $35 Billion in 5 Years

(Springfield, IL) – A new report released Monday from the Civic Federation, a Chicago-based nonpartisan policy group that focuses on state spending, predicts Illinois’ Medicaid costs will skyrocket over the next five years.

Laurence Msall, federation president, said lawmakers and governors have spent Illinois into a deep hole by expanding Medicaid, which provides health-care coverage to low-income families.

“What is most frightening is that even after the income tax, the state was not able to pass a budget to fully fund Medicaid,” Msall said, referring to a 67 percent personal income tax increase and a 48 percent corporate income tax increase in January 2011.

But even with that additional revenue, Illinois lawmakers still had to pay more than $1 billion in 2011 Medicaid bills.

The Civic Federation report paints a grim picture for Medicaid spending:

  • Illinois is on pace to spend a total of nearly $14 billion on Medicaid this year
  • Illinois’ Medicaid costs are expected to increase 41 percent over the next five years.
  • Gov. Pat Quinn is budgeting only a 13 percent spending increase.

Illinois will see as many as 296,000 new people enroll in Medicaid once the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014.

Under the new law, which is designed to make health care and insurance more accessible, the federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of new Medicaid patients for two years. After 2016, Illinois will have to pay 50 percent of the costs.

The Civic Federation report also details increases in pension spending from $5.7 billion this year to $7.8 billion in 2017, and unpaid bills from $8.6 billion this year to $34.5 billion in five years.

Msall added that Medicaid spending is the biggest single cost for state government. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services expects to spend a total of $14 billion on Medicaid this year, that includes both state and federal dollars.

The Civic Federation report calculates pension spending to rise 35 percent over five years, while Medicaid spending is expected to jump 41 percent.

By Benjamin Yount/Illinois Statehouse News

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