The governor is looking to cut $2 billion from the state’s Medicaid costs.   A key to the state’s 2013 budget will be the ability to rein in Medicaid, medical care for the poor and disabled, which costs $15 billion a year, about $8 billion paid by the state.   Gov. Pat Quinn says how to do it will be announced, but of paramount concern is the Medicaid beneficiaries.


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“Medicaid is about the clients of Medicaid. Our goal is to have a coordinated system, a wellness system, that produces better outcomes for the health of the people in Medicaid,” he said.   Options include shrinking payments to doctors, cutting benefits and reducing how many people are eligible. Medicaid now has 2.7 million people enrolled.   The state is already in arrears in paying doctors and hospitals that treat Medicaid patients. The amount is projected to be $1.8 billion by the end of the fiscal year (June 30).


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