Why Illinois’ Medicaid program is hurting the most people
In this May 25, 2017 file photo, a man holds a sign during a rally in support of a bill to raise Illinois’ state income tax from 7.75% to 10% to combat rising costs in the health care sector in Chicago, Illinois.
The Illinois House passed a bill on Monday to raise taxes on health care providers to fund a plan to expand Medicaid in the state.
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Illinois’ health care system is being stretched by a massive surge in the cost of health care that has forced the state to seek help from the federal government, including providing a $1.5 billion federal infusion to cover the costliest services.
It also threatens to squeeze off more money for programs to provide mental health, substance abuse and other care for low-income families.
It’s the result of Illinois’ deep reliance on Medicaid, which provides coverage to more than 11 million people.
The new state law would allow the state health care agency to expand its use of the federal funds, potentially raising the state’s share of the $1 billion cost.
Under the existing law, the state could only provide coverage for about 10% of the cost to Illinoisans, but the state House and Senate approved a bill that would allow for that to rise to 40%.
Under the new plan, the total amount the state would be required to spend would rise from $1,852 billion to $2,094 billion, an increase of more than $100 billion, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
The increase in federal funding for Medicaid will have a huge impact on the state of Illinois, which receives about $3.6 billion annually from Medicaid.
The total cost of Medicaid for the state has risen $11 billion in the last four years, with about $11.5 million going to the state Department of Human Services, which administers the program.
The state also receives about two-thirds of its funding from other sources.
The bills approved Monday were sponsored by Rep. Mike Ritze, a Republican from the Chicago suburbs who represents areas with large Latino populations.
“We’ve been told by a few politicians that it will help us, but this is not going to help us,” he said.
It is going to hurt our budget. “
There’s no real economic benefit.
It is going to hurt our budget.
It will take us out of the national picture.”
He added that the state should take more money from other states and give it to its own.
“I think they’re trying to do it for political reasons,” he added.
“The people of Illinois are not happy about it.”
A total of $4.8 billion of the new federal funding is projected to be spent on health and mental health services in Illinois, according a state report.
The bill also includes a $500 million increase in the number of providers for the Medicaid program, which the state estimates will help cover more than 10 million people with serious illnesses and conditions, including chronic conditions like hypertension and diabetes.
It would expand Medicaid eligibility for the first time, increasing the number to about 12 million people by 2020.
However, the bill would increase the number for the program from 8.5% of total Illinois population to 12.5%.
The state would also need to provide more assistance to those who need mental health care.
The health care law provides about $2 billion in funding annually to cover mental health and substance abuse services for the roughly 10 million residents who receive health care coverage through Medicaid.
For more on the latest Medicaid coverage, check out our coverage of Illinois.
Some experts have said the increase in Medicaid would be beneficial for people in the Illinois economy.
A recent study by the Center for American Progress found that if Illinois were to receive an additional $1 trillion in federal dollars, its economy would grow by $1 for every $1 in new funding.
The report also found that states that expanded Medicaid had higher unemployment rates and lower wages, and had more people with disabilities.
“What you’re seeing right now in the Medicaid expansion is that the costs are going to come back to the Illinois population,” said Ritzi.
“And the economic impact of that is going be a lot bigger than any benefit that this bill will bring.”
He said that he hoped that lawmakers could find ways to cut spending on Medicaid before the state gets to the federal funding that it is expecting.
“You don’t get to a point where you’re paying all of the costs and all of that money comes back to Illinois,” he told HuffPost.
“Then what happens?
That is what happens.
So we need to make sure that we don’t just continue to pay the costs.”
A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the Medicaid expansions will help reduce the federal deficit, which has already risen by $7 billion over the past three years.
The analysis found that while Illinois would receive $1 from the state for every dollar the federal budget increases,