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    • Meet the legislator who brought medical marijuana to Illinois - Crain's Chicago Business March 21, 2015
      Crain's Chicago BusinessMeet the legislator who brought medical marijuana to IllinoisCrain's Chicago BusinessRep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, has championed medical marijuana in Illinois since 2009, when a group of advocates showed up at his Springfield office in wheelchairs, walkers and with IV bags to plead their case. “It tugged at my heartstrings,” say […]
    • Reps Fine and Lang host 'Coffee and Conversation' - Chicago Tribune March 27, 2015
      Reps Fine and Lang host 'Coffee and Conversation'Chicago TribuneFine will be joined by state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie. Poll workers needed in Cook County for April 7 election. Pioneer Press Staff. Cook County Clerk David Orr is recruiting poll workers to serve in select areas in north and northwest suburban Cook ...
    • Phil Eaton: Illinois can't arrest, treat or bury its way out of heroin epidemic - The State Journal-Register March 28, 2015
      The State Journal-RegisterPhil Eaton: Illinois can't arrest, treat or bury its way out of heroin epidemicThe State Journal-RegisterLou Lang, D-Skokie, and Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield. This bill, which would cost some $25 million to implement in our cash-strapped state, confirms what capacity-challenged treatment centers knew long ago: Illinois can […]
    • Prescription lockdown - Illinois Times March 26, 2015
      Illinois TimesPrescription lockdownIllinois TimesEarlier this month, House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang, D-Skokie, and Rep. John Anthony, R-Morris, introduced their own proposal to combat the spread of prescription opioid abuse. Lang led a bipartisan 37-member House task force on the Illinois ...
    • Weekend: Places to go and things to do in Northeast Pennsylvania - Scranton Times-Tribune March 28, 2015
      Weekend: Places to go and things to do in Northeast PennsylvaniaScranton Times-TribuneROCK 107 35TH BIRTHDAY BASH: with Lou Gramm, April 23, the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre. CATHEDRAL OF ST. PETER SACRED CONCERT SERIES:the Lyric Consort: Corpus Christi — The Body of Christ, April 24, ... KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND & JONNY ...
    • CLUB CALENDAR - The Providence Journal March 26, 2015
      CLUB CALENDARThe Providence Journal213-6615. 7-10 pm. Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, bluegrass, Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth. 683-5085 ..... 8 pm-midnight. Rock-A-Blues, rock, Skyline Lounge, Lang's Bowlarama, 225 Niantic Ave., Cranston. 944-0500 ...and more »
    • State lawmakers target airlines' controversial fuel purchasing offices - Crain's Chicago Business March 19, 2015
      Chicago TribuneState lawmakers target airlines' controversial fuel purchasing officesCrain's Chicago BusinessLou Lang, D-Skokie, has introduced legislation that calls for levying sales taxes on jet fuel at the “place where the fuel or petroleum products are delivered to the aircraft,” according to an online copy of the bill. Such language means car […]
    • Commercial real estate notes - STLtoday.com March 27, 2015
      Commercial real estate notesSTLtoday.comNAI Desco represented Show-Me Home Delivery Inc. in the lease of 80,640 square feet of industrial space at 2001 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, Overland, from BCL-St. Louis LLC, represented by Jones Lang LaSalle. CBRE represented parties in these ...
    • This is the year to expand casino gambling - Chicago Tribune March 20, 2015
      This is the year to expand casino gamblingChicago TribuneLou Lang, D-Skokie, who was the leader on gambling legislation before Rita took over, managed to pass a casino expansion bill out of the House and Senate, but it was so full of perks for every area of the state that Gov. Pat Quinn thought it was ...
    • Legislation fights Illinois' heroin problem - Quad City Times March 2, 2015
      CBS LocalLegislation fights Illinois' heroin problemQuad City TimesAt a news conference at the Statehouse, state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said heroin is a real problem throughout the state. Although measures to combat its spread have been made in counties and in other states, Lang thinks the legislation could serve as ...Illinois lawmakers to propose me […]
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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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