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    • Representative Lou Lang: I would consider services being taxed to clean up this mess we're in - WGN Radio March 14, 2017
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    • In suburbs, heroin and opioid epidemic moving 'faster than we can deal with it' - Suburban Life Publications April 21, 2017
      Suburban Life PublicationsIn suburbs, heroin and opioid epidemic moving 'faster than we can deal with it'Suburban Life PublicationsLou Lang, D-Skokie, sponsor of the landmark Heroin Crisis Act, said the legislation that became law in 2015 was only the “beginning of a long road.” Few were talking about fentanyl in the early stages of the legislation […]
    • Bill Pushes School Transparency - WLS April 8, 2017
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    • New performing arts center at Richards moves forward - Reporter Online April 20, 2017
      New performing arts center at Richards moves forwardReporter OnlineLou Lang (D-16th), would require three-point seat belts on school buses in Illinois. The bill passed the House Transportation Vehicles and Safety Committee and now moves to the full House of Representatives. “Hopefully it will get moving along, maybe ...
    • The Pulse of Springfield: Representatives Feigenholtz and Kifowit and Leader Lou Lang on Michael Madigan - WGN Radio January 12, 2017
      WGN RadioThe Pulse of Springfield: Representatives Feigenholtz and Kifowit and Leader Lou Lang on Michael MadiganWGN RadioPatti talked to Illinois State Representative Sara Feigenholtz about her nomination of Mike Madigan for his 17th term as Speaker of the House. Then, State Representative Stephanie Kifowit joined the conversation to reflect on the remarks […]
    • Illinois at center of revived Equal Rights Amendment fight - Chicago Sun-Times April 3, 2017
      Chicago Sun-TimesIllinois at center of revived Equal Rights Amendment fightChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, to set a date to move the proposal forward. In 2014, the measure passed the Illinois Senate by 39 votes to 11, but was not put to a vote in the House, where there was not sufficient support. Even if the ERA does not ...
    • SALMAGUNDI: Governments evaluating drug laws - in both directions - MyWebTimes.com April 10, 2017
      MyWebTimes.comSALMAGUNDI: Governments evaluating drug laws - in both directionsMyWebTimes.comDrug laws might be changing in Illinois and nationwide, but perhaps in opposite directions.and more »
    • On state tour, Rauner reiterates his agenda as Democrats line up to unseat him - Chicago Tribune April 15, 2017
      Chicago TribuneOn state tour, Rauner reiterates his agenda as Democrats line up to unseat himChicago TribuneLou Lang countered that the "southern twang (Rauner) uses doesn't travel very far anymore. I think people are seeing through that." Lang, a top deputy to Rauner nemesis House Speaker Michael Madigan, suggested Rauner felt pressure becaus […]
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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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