Illinois Governor Proposes Medicaid Cuts

Illinois' new Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, nearly $1.5 billion in cuts from Medicaid to save the state money, but opponents said the move will only cost Illinois in the long run.

Illinois' new Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, proposed more than $6 billion in cuts in state spending on universities, healthcare, local governments and other areas in expectation of budget shortfalls in the years to come.

Among these cuts are $1.5 billion from Medicaid, including reductions to dental services, mental healthcare and other coverage--services that were recently restored to Medicaid after being eliminated years ago. However, legislators opposing Gov Rauner have claimed that eliminating these services ended up costing more in the long run.

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