Illinois’ new Medicaid landscape may produce problems. Preventive medicine is curtailed in the latest round of cuts according to Lynda Delaforgue of the group Citizen Action. Laurence Msall of the Civic Federation says while that’s unfortunate, it must be put into the context of the state’s ongoing fiscal crisis. The governor this week signed the Medicaid reform package of bills into law.
They represent cuts to services and eligibility and increases in revenue – mostly from a $1 cigarette tax increase – totaling $2.7 billion. Msall says the reforms will stabilize Medicaid, but they won’t reduce costs. The state will close its fiscal year in two weeks with $9 billion in unpaid bills, $4 billion of which will be owed to Medicaid providers.