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    • 6/5/15 Full Show Podcast (Lizzie Skurnick, James and Cristin, Lou Lang) - WGN Radio June 6, 2015
      WGN Radio6/5/15 Full Show Podcast (Lizzie Skurnick, James and Cristin, Lou Lang)WGN RadioPatti opens the show with Pretty Late pal James Vickery riding sidecar. Then, author Lizzie Skurnick chats about her new book and many personally invented words. Next, IL house leader Lou Lang discusses the budget questions hanging over Springfield.
    • Shutdown and showdown in Springfield - Chicago Tribune July 1, 2015
      Chicago TribuneShutdown and showdown in SpringfieldChicago TribuneLou Lang of Skokie, shown on the House floor earlier in the month, asserted June 30, 2015, during a hearing on the implications of a state government shutdown that, “It doesn't matter how we got here.” He's wrong about that — how we got here is by ...Essential Services BudgetAlton Da […]
    • The Sunday Spin Full Show 6/7/15: Kurt Erickson, State Representative Lou ... - WGN Radio June 7, 2015
      WGN RadioThe Sunday Spin Full Show 6/7/15: Kurt Erickson, State Representative Lou ...WGN RadioThis Sunday, we are spinning right back to the Allstate Showcase Studio after spending a week in Springfield. Guests for this week show include: Kurt Erickson, Springfield bureau chief for the Lee Enterprises newspapers, State Representative Lou Lang ...
    • Illinois House defeats 1-month budget, battle continues - Danville Commercial News July 2, 2015
      Danville Commercial NewsIllinois House defeats 1-month budget, battle continuesDanville Commercial NewsLou Lang, rear, and Tim Nuding, right, Director of Governor's Office of Management and Budget, along with Jason Barclay, Governor's General Counsel, argue over the legality of paying state employees without a budget in place at the state Capitol . […]
    • Education Notes - Worcester Telegram July 3, 2015
      Education NotesWorcester TelegramNorthboro: Princesa Cloutier, Gayatri Kasi, Ryan Lang, Yahel Nachum, Aditya Nivarthi, Wesley Rogers, Amanda Varrichione ... Worcester: Michelle Addai, Temirlan Aigozhin, Mushtaq Al Zuhairi, Daniele Anina, Edward Burnham, Daniel Cane, Loan Chau, Angelia ...
    • Person uses BB gun, fires at Pace bus on Eisenhower Expressway - Chicago Sun-Times - Breaking News (blog) July 2, 2015
      Chicago Sun-Times - Breaking News (blog)Person uses BB gun, fires at Pace bus on Eisenhower ExpresswayChicago Sun-Times - Breaking News (blog)Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said. Republicans saw it differently. “The Earth isn't going to stop its rotation. The sun is going to rise and, thankfully, we will get there,” Republican Rep. Ron Sandack, of Downers Grove, s […]
    • Illinois shutdown looms: What it means - Chicago Sun-Times July 2, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesIllinois shutdown looms: What it meansChicago Sun-TimesDeputy Majority Leader Rep. Lou Lang, rear, and Tim Nuding, right, Director of Governor's Office of Management and Budget, along with Jason Barclay, Governor's General Counsel, argue over the legality of paying state employees without a budget in place ...Illinois Senate advanc […]
    • Legislation to fight heroin on governor's desk - Bloomington Pantagraph June 30, 2015
      Bloomington PantagraphLegislation to fight heroin on governor's deskBloomington PantagraphSPRINGFIELD — Against the backdrop of the state's budget crisis, lawmakers have sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a proposal to fight the heroin epidemic that could cost as much as $30 million. But, the main sponsor of the legislation, state Rep. Lou Lang, D ...and more  […]
    • Illinois Senate's Temporary Spending Plan Fails In House - WNIJ and WNIU July 2, 2015
      WNIJ and WNIUIllinois Senate's Temporary Spending Plan Fails In HouseWNIJ and WNIUDemocrat Lou Lang says that will have consequences for those who rely on state funds. “People will die as a result of our failure to have a budget and that rests at the governor's feet,” Lang said. But Republican Leader Jim Durkin says the majority ...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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