Medicaid

Illinois Legislature
7:28 am
Thu May 29, 2014

House Votes To Undo Medicaid Cuts On Adult Dental, Podiatry

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 2:34 pm

The Illinois House has voted to undo a series of cuts in the state's program of health care for the poor. Backers of the change say the cuts have come with a significant cost.

 Two years ago, Democrats and Republicans agreed to massive reductions in the Medicaid program, with savings estimated at greater than $2 billion. Now Democrats say some of those cuts are costing more than they're worth.

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NPR Story
1:27 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Illinois Expanded Its Medicaid Program. Missouri Didn’t. How Are Those Choices Working Out?

In his hospital room at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centerville, patient Steven Glispie finishes signing the paperwork to enroll in Medicaid.

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 10:51 pm

For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children.

Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels.

But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion.

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Study by Advocacy Group
12:32 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

Medicaid Cuts Could Hurt Children

A children's advocacy group says the biggest hurdle low-income kids in Illinois have to overcome is actually one of the government's making.

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Trying to get Support for KAH
4:24 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

Rep. Loebsack Writes 2nd Hospital Letter

Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA 2)

Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA2) is once again pushing for the Obama Administration to help Keokuk Area Hospital with its financial challenges.

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Bill Knight - December 20
10:49 am
Wed December 19, 2012

The Fiscal Cliff and Cuts to Popular Programs

Bill Knight

All the yakking about a fiscal cliff seems to fall somewhere between mistaken Mayan prophecies about Doomsday and hypersonic skydiving from space.

The lame-duck 112th Congress – hamstrung by Tea Party Republicans in the House and filibuster-happy Republicans in the Senate – is proposing to Democratic President Barack Obama that Social Security, Medicare and other social services be cut. Meanwhile, the Economic Policy Institute has released a report with a solution: Cut the deficit by growing the economy.

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