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    • Rauner's stopgap budget demands: term limits, property tax freeze - Chicago Sun-Times November 30, 2016
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    • School bus safety inconsistent in Chicago and suburbs - WLS-TV November 22, 2016
      WLS-TVSchool bus safety inconsistent in Chicago and suburbsWLS-TVLou Lang (D-Skokie) pushed unsuccessfully for seat belt legislation in Illinois years ago, but it went nowhere due to the cost. Lang said the deadly Tennessee crash may renew interest in seat belt legislation. NHTSA believes that seat belts would ...and more »
    • Lawmakers move to block OT restrictions for home care workers - Bloomington Pantagraph November 22, 2016
      Bloomington PantagraphLawmakers move to block OT restrictions for home care workersBloomington PantagraphIn this May 11, 2016, file photo, home health care workers and people with disabilities who oppose changes in overtime rules for home health care workers protest during the Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities Awards ceremony at the ...and […]
    • GOP breaks Democrats' supermajority in Illinois House - The State Journal-Register November 9, 2016
      The State Journal-RegisterGOP breaks Democrats' supermajority in Illinois HouseThe State Journal-RegisterLou Lang, one of the Democrats' House leaders, said it's up to Rauner to drop his demands. In addition to asking for legislation that favors businesses, Rauner has insisted that Democrats consider term limits and change the way legislative […]
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      Lawless Border: Obama Admin Abruptly Grounds DronesLifeZetteThree top Texas government officials, including one Democrat, are questioning the Department of Homeland Security's border security measures after a report showed the agency ended an aerial surveillance program on the Mexican border. Operation ...and more »
    • Election over, it's time for Illinois Democrats to clock in - Crain's Chicago Business November 11, 2016
      Crain's Chicago BusinessElection over, it's time for Illinois Democrats to clock inCrain's Chicago BusinessLou Lang, a top deputy to Madigan, said Wednesday that Illinois may go four full years without a budget. That is not acceptable—and voters will take it out on the Democrats again in 2018 if it proves to be true. Smart Democrats will come […]
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      Reboot IllinoisDNC diary: Rep. Lou Lang onReboot IllinoisThe Democratic National Convention got off to a rocky start this week after leaked emails showed DNC staff favored Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign over Sen. Bernie Sanders. While the revelations have led to the ouster of DNC Chair Debbie ...
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      IL-Uncontested - seattlepi.comseattlepi.comState Senate - District 1Tony Munoz (i), Dem State Senate - District 2Omar Aquino (i), Dem State Senate - District 4Kimberly Lightford (i), Dem State Senate ...and more »
    • Auriemma Not Sure Which UConn Team Will Show Up For Texas Game - Hartford Courant December 3, 2016
      Hartford CourantAuriemma Not Sure Which UConn Team Will Show Up For Texas GameHartford CourantKatie Lou Samuelson has proved she is more than just a three-pointer shooter, and Gabby Williams can impact the game from all over the court. More encouraging signs: UConn has displayed flashes of brilliance, notably during the first quarter against ...Top 25 Capsul […]
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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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