Illinois Medicaid cuts condemned by low-income advocates

6:22 PM, Jun 14, 2012   |    comments
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CHICAGO (AP) - Advocates for the poor, disabled and elderly are criticizing Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn for cutting $1.6 billion from state health-care spending.

Quinn signed legislation Thursday aimed at fixing a long-term deficit in the state's Medicaid program. But advocates predict worsening health for Illinois citizens and higher future costs.

Kathy Chan of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition says her group is relieved most services for children were preserved but disappointed more than 25,000 working parents will lose state health coverage July 1.

David Vinkler of AARP says the elimination of Illinois Cares Rx will hurt thousands of seniors. The program helped pay for medications. It ends July 1.

Barbara Otto of Health and Disability Advocates says kicking people off Medicaid will make them sicker and cost more for society.

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