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    • The Register's Editorial: Iowa should fix its cannabis oil problem, not Illinois - DesMoinesRegister.com February 26, 2015
      DesMoinesRegister.comThe Register's Editorial: Iowa should fix its cannabis oil problem, not IllinoisDesMoinesRegister.comThe problem is that out-of-state buyers are not allowed under the Illinois law — and that's not likely to change, according to the legislation's primary sponsor, Rep. Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie. "Not plausible at […]
    • Lawmakers propose to slow heroin use with new bills - Chicago Daily Herald February 26, 2015
      Chicago Daily HeraldLawmakers propose to slow heroin use with new billsChicago Daily HeraldLou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, and Yingling agree that Illinois needs to start addressing the heroin issue and implementing new policies. "We have an increasing problem with heroin, and every day we don't act, it's a day we're not saving lives," […]
    • State has real concerns about Real ID - The Southern February 25, 2015
      State has real concerns about Real IDThe SouthernLou Lang, D-Skokie, is not a fan of Real ID as it exists. He said the federal government has failed to listen to state concerns. “I don't want to be a part of any kind of action that restricts people from our state from moving around the country as ...and more »
    • Exploring Untold Tales of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Comics Form - Comic Book Resources February 26, 2015
      Comic Book ResourcesExploring Untold Tales of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Comics FormComic Book ResourcesThe collaboration is my favorite part, especially because that's how I was introduced to this process. I don't write in a vacuum. A lot of the executives – as well as the producers and the co-producers, and of course Kevin Feige and Lou Esp […]
    • Club Calendar - The Providence Journal February 25, 2015
      Club CalendarThe Providence JournalFEB. 25. •SOLD OUT• Tab Benoit, blues, Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St., Fall River. (508) 324-1926, narrowscenter.org. Bluegrass tHrOEDOWN, Nick-A-Nees, 75 South St., Providence. 861-7290. 8:30-11:30 pm. No cover. Mike Coletta, acoustic ...and more »
    • Docs say they've come up with “comprehensive” prescription abuse plan - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) February 23, 2015
      Docs say they've come up with “comprehensive” prescription abuse planThe Capitol Fax Blog (blog)ISMS developed the report, Recommendations for Deterring Improper Use of Opioids, for the Illinois House Task Force on the Heroin Crisis, chaired by House Democratic Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie), as a framework for Illinois legislation.and more »
    • Iowa Gov. Branstad's cannabis oil idea faces roadblocks - SaukValley.com February 23, 2015
      Iowa Gov. Branstad's cannabis oil idea faces roadblocksSaukValley.comLou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie. “The governor of Iowa is talking nonsense.” Branstad's spokesman, Jimmy Centers, didn't respond to Lang's comment but said Branstad wants to meet with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to talk about the idea while both men ...and more »
    • Rauner proposes to cut $25M to drug abuse help - Journal Gazette and Times-Courier February 19, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesRauner proposes to cut $25M to drug abuse helpJournal Gazette and Times-CourierSPRINGFIELD -- Illinois lawmakers and drug treatment experts are concerned with Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to cut funding to heroin addiction and rehabilitation programs. State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said he plans to fight the Republican governor's . […]
    • 'The Jimmy Stewart Show' Emerges from TV's Never-Never Land - PopMatters February 24, 2015
      PopMatters'The Jimmy Stewart Show' Emerges from TV's Never-Never LandPopMatters... busybody of the same group; an overweight student and football hero named Dimitri Karpopolis (Richard Annis); students Janice Morton (Kate Jackson, later one of Charlie's Angels ), Norman Lansworth (Lou Manor) and Ida Levin (Melissa Newman); local ...
    • Davis mixed on Rauner's first month, Caterpillar keeping HQ in Peoria, the ... - Illinois News Network February 21, 2015
      Davis mixed on Rauner's first month, Caterpillar keeping HQ in Peoria, the ...Illinois News NetworkDemocratic State Representative Lou Lang says he filed legislation several years ago to support Real ID at the request of the Illinois Secretary of State's office, but his tune has changed. Lang says he's not a fan of just accepting federal order […]
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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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