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    • Illinois Rep. Lou Lang, left, and Gov. Bruce Rauner - Crain's Chicago Business (blog) August 5, 2015
      Illinois Rep. Lou Lang, left, and Gov. Bruce RaunerCrain's Chicago Business (blog)Lou Lang—Skokie Democrat, harsh critic of GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner, deputy majority leader in Speaker Mike Madigan's House—happened to hit up that very same governor for a job for his daughter. Or, more accurately, a renewal of the part-time post she ...and more »
    • Lang Moves To Reject Governor's Rollbacks To Anti-Heroin Bill - WUIS 91.9 August 26, 2015
      WUIS 91.9Lang Moves To Reject Governor's Rollbacks To Anti-Heroin BillWUIS 91.9Lou Lang says could be a model for the nation, in combating an uptick of opiod use. The end result requires school nurses and ambulances to be equipped with antidotes, mandates the state maintain a list of heroin-related deaths, and has doctors track ...Jim Dey: Budget brinkm […]
    • Change is a good thing - Monadnock Ledger Transcript August 27, 2015
      Monadnock Ledger TranscriptChange is a good thingMonadnock Ledger TranscriptThe whole play is one continuous dialogue between just Lou and Stella, one of Lou's regulars, in just one location, a South Philadelphia dive bar with antiquated stools, a Flyers poster on the wall and a “Lou's” neon sign in the window, after the bar's ...
    • Chicago pols try to keep it all in the family - Crain's Chicago Business August 8, 2015
      Crain's Chicago BusinessChicago pols try to keep it all in the familyCrain's Chicago BusinessThat was the governor's response recently when I asked him about my report that as the state budget war developed last spring, House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang—a top lieutenant of Speaker Michael Madigan's—asked the Rauner folks if they could […]
    • Illinois Democrats gather for Democrat Day at State Fair - WREX-TV August 20, 2015
      WREX-TVIllinois Democrats gather for Democrat Day at State FairWREX-TVDemocratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie has criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner's reductions in spending for autism services, epilepsy patients and other social services. Lang spoke Thursday at the state fair's Democrat Day. Rauner campaigned on a "turnaround ...Illinois lawmakers, Raun […]
    • Rauner Vetos Heroin Bill - Alton Daily News August 26, 2015
      Alton Daily NewsRauner Vetos Heroin BillAlton Daily News... of the bill – which the governor has amendatorily vetoed. “The Roosevelt University study that just came out shows very clearly that it actually saves us money to treat these folks,” said State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie). “It keeps them out of the ...
    • Iowa/Illinois briefs - Dubuque Telegraph Herald August 25, 2015
      Iowa/Illinois briefsDubuque Telegraph HeraldHouse sponsor Skokie Democratic Rep. Lou Lang said the savings from curing addicts would far outweigh the costs and that restricting Medicaid coverage would cut out a sector from treatment. Iowa GOP lawmakers seek investigation of abortion providers.and more »
    • FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Canton looks to stay on winning track - Hometownlife.com August 26, 2015
      Hometownlife.comFOOTBALL PREVIEW: Canton looks to stay on winning trackHometownlife.comIn the mix will be likely starter Brennon Pelland, a 6-0, 195-pound senior, senior Jesse Warner (6-2, 195), senior Jalen Cochran (6-4, 235), sophomore Lou Baechler (5-9, 200) and senior Jake Stephan (6-1, 205). The Chiefs again will foil rivals with a ...
    • Campaign cash flows from medical marijuana interests to state Rep. Lou Lang - Reboot Illinois June 15, 2015
      Reboot IllinoisCampaign cash flows from medical marijuana interests to state Rep. Lou LangReboot IllinoisLou Lang isn't a household name, but the veteran state legislator is well known to many as the driving force behind one of the biggest changes to Illinois' law books in decades: The legalization of medical marijuana. He's also been showered […]
    • Heroin use spikes but Illinois treatment options fall, study says - Chicago Daily Herald August 23, 2015
      Heroin use spikes but Illinois treatment options fall, study saysChicago Daily HeraldLou Lang of Skokie, said last week. "An easy comparison is how we've handled pensions in the state of Illinois, how not dealing with it straight up and appropriately has led to a worsening problem. ... The same goes for drug addiction and particularly ...
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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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