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    • Living in the tombs at Suffolk Downs - The Courier-Journal September 30, 2014
      The Courier-JournalLiving in the tombs at Suffolk DownsThe Courier-JournalInstead of the “Call to the Post,” Suffolk's bugler will play “Auld Lang Syne” this coming Saturday when this historic track runs its last races and ends forever the storied history of thoroughbred racing in New England. Unless last-ditch efforts by ...and more »
    • Panel explores impact of proposed UNLV medical school - Las Vegas Sun September 29, 2014
      Panel explores impact of proposed UNLV medical schoolLas Vegas SunLas Vegas' economy is missing one crucial piece to its puzzle — a public medical school, according to panelists at a Lincy Institute forum on the economic impact of a medical school at UNLV. UNLV, in the meantime, has taken another step in an effort ...and more »
    • Donations to BAC Step Up Campaign as of Friday, Sept. 26 - Gladwin County Record & Beaverton Clarion (registration) September 30, 2014
      Donations to BAC Step Up Campaign as of Friday, Sept. 26Gladwin County Record & Beaverton Clarion (registration)... Roy & Judy; Keene, Joseph W. & Linda (In Memory of Jean Keene Gronda); Keene, Joseph & Linda; Kent, Bub & Mary Lou; Knapp, Lee & Pat; Kusch, Robert & Barbara; Lakso, Normajean (Broka); Lamiman, Tricia; Landskroener, […]
    • Kingston Bowling: Dan Lowe leads Marbletown Legion Mixed with 769 - The Daily Freeman September 29, 2014
      Kingston Bowling: Dan Lowe leads Marbletown Legion Mixed with 769The Daily Freeman... Jeff Heppner 237—651, Leo Fejzollari 235—644, John Nolterieke 247—635, Russ Mackey 256—626, Alex Fallon 242—624, Jim Hayner 622, Shaun Ramsey 621, Jim Bishop 614, Mike Assa 612, Rob Hand 234—610, Lou Swart 609, Bill Martin 607, David ...
    • Bruce Rauner Comes Out Against Medical Marijuana - CBS Local September 17, 2014
      CBS LocalBruce Rauner Comes Out Against Medical MarijuanaCBS LocalState Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie) called Rauner's comments, “heartless” and “appalling.” “That means he would have vetoed the opportunity for some of the sickest people in our state to get a product they need to improve their quality of life ...Rauner: Medical marijuana licenses sh […]
    • Editorial: Marijuana selection process lacks needed transparency - Bloomington Pantagraph September 23, 2014
      Editorial: Marijuana selection process lacks needed transparencyBloomington PantagraphWe won't make a lame, smoke-filled room reference, but these decisions will occur behind closed doors. Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said the secrecy will keep the process pure and prevent any of the pay-to-play shenanigans that haunts a lot of Illinois ...Secret process ma […]
    • Medical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bids - fox2now.com September 14, 2014
      KSDKMedical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bidsfox2now.comLou Lang, D-Skokie, said Friday that the law's confidentiality clause also prevents companies from getting information about competitors that could give them an advantage, The Southern reported. “The idea was to keep this not secret in the sense of ...Medical marijuana law sponsor defends s […]
    • Bay City Central High School class of 1939 celebrates its 75th reunion; see ... - Bay City Times September 23, 2014
      Bay City TimesBay City Central High School class of 1939 celebrates its 75th reunion; see ...Bay City TimesScreen Shot 2014-09-22 at 1.52.35 PM.png The class of 1939: Eleven Members of the Bay City Central High School class of 1939 met Saturday, Sept. 20, for their 75th class reunion. (Courtesy photo)Andrew Dodson | adodson@mlive.com. MONITOR ...
    • Mix-up prompts change in medical marijuana law - Chicago Tribune September 22, 2014
      Mix-up prompts change in medical marijuana lawChicago TribuneLang brushed off the impact of the mix-ups, saying the "spirit" of spreading out the cultivation centers is still being followed. "The whole notion of doing these cultivation centers by state police districts was an artificial set of boundaries that we ...
    • Flood the house with music - The Recorder September 24, 2014
      Flood the house with musicThe RecorderRock stars at the 'Horse have included Warren Zevon, Patti Smith and Lou Reed. Herold and co-author David Sokol .... Her career was soaring — Canadian diva k.d. lang — and we had sold out 2,000 seats in a matter of days. I wanted everything to be ...
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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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