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Illinois Medicaid Cuts

Cigarette Packs Now $1 More After Tax Hike Went Into Effect Sunday

Posted 06.25.2012 | Chicago

It's about to hurt even more to light up a cigarette in Illinois: in addition to the health risks associated with smoking, the habit will be more dama...

Quinn Signs $1.6 Bilion In Medicaid Cuts, Cigarette Tax Hike Into Law

Posted 06.14.2012 | Chicago

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed a package of legislation -- including $1.6 billion worth of Medicaid cuts and a $1-per-pack ciga...

Legislature's Decisions Have Local Impact

Dick Simpson | Posted 07.30.2012 | Chicago
Dick Simpson

The last weeks of the state legislative session hold dire consequences for our neighborhoods. As usual, more decisions are being made in backroom deals than by meaningful debate and votes in public.

Illinois Legislators Vote To Double Cigarette Tax

Posted 05.30.2012 | Chicago

The Illinois Senate voted 31-27 Tuesday in favor of raising the state tax on cigarettes by $1, from 98 cents to $1.98 per pack. The House approved ...

Illinois Legislature Approves $1.6 Billion In Medicaid Cuts

Posted 05.26.2012 | Chicago

Illinois legislators have approved $1.6 billion in budget cuts to the state's Medicaid program, which will reduce health coverage for hundreds of thou...

When Cutting Illinois' Medicaid Program, First, Do No Harm

Andrea Kovach | Posted 07.25.2012 | Chicago
Andrea Kovach

The Illinois General Assembly is currently debating where to cut roughly 18 percent of spending from the state's health insurance program for certain low-income populations.

Don't Balance the Illinois Budget on the Backs of HIV Patients

David Ernesto Munar | Posted 07.21.2012 | Chicago
David Ernesto Munar

The proposed Medicaid changes will be a signal this administration is retreating in the fight AIDS. For the thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in Illinois who rely on Medicaid, let's hope Gov. Quinn reconsiders.

Quinn: Cigarette Tax Hike Could Offset Medicaid Cuts

Posted 04.23.2012 | Chicago

As part of a larger strategy to help balance the budget of Illinois' Medicaid program, Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed raising the tax on cigarettes acros...