The sponsor of legislation intended to curb heroin abuse says he'll try to override Governor Bruce Rauner's partial veto.

Attorneys for Illinois’ comptroller are expected to be in court today to respond to allegations they’re in contempt.  The office is being sued for not paying court-mandated services for developmentally disabled residents. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has returned legislation to the General Assembly that attempts to curtail heroin overdoses, fearing a burdensome cost to the state. 

A federal judge in Chicago is mandating the State of Illinois to pay Cook County Medicaid providers - even though the budget impasse continues at the Statehouse.

Several state government services have now been deemed so important - they must be provided while politicians disagree on how to spend taxpayer money.

The latest must-pay bill for the state applies to Cook County Medicaid providers. Medical payments for low income people are one of the biggest chunks of money the state provides.

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says he plans to raise eligibility levels for those senior citizens in Illinois’ Community Care program. Rauner says it’s necessary to help handle a budget Democrats’ passed without sufficient revenue.  

Illinois House Democrats have sent a clear message to Gov. Bruce Rauner that they disagree with his proposed cuts to human services in next year's budget.

Pharmacists affected by proposed Medicaid cuts

Apr 24, 2015

Illinois residents are getting a better idea of how new state government budget cuts will affect them.  That’s after the governor and lawmakers approved a plan to fix a 1.6 billion dollar budget hole.  

Cuts to Medicaid will make up about one-third of the $300 million in spending reductions by Gov. Bruce Rauner's office as part of a budget fix for this fiscal year.

Demand for food stamps has increased in Illinois and 10 other states despite a healthier economy and better jobs numbers. An Associated Press analysis finds it's an unforeseen consequence of President Barack Obama's health care law.

A large hospital system has agreed to alter its managed care contract with Illinois, saving the state $5.1 million.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's first budget proposal seeks $1.5 billion in cuts to Medicaid. The way he gets there shows he's willing to go toe-to-toe with three powerful business lobbies: retail pharmacies, nursing homes and hospitals. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner's first shot at a state budget didn't include new taxes. But no one should assume the ultimate solution to Illinois' budget crisis won't involve opening their wallets.

A key government leader in Illinois' health insurance enrollment efforts over the past two years has resigned.

Illinois' new Republican governor will pitch a plan for fixing the state's budget mess that includes deep spending cuts, according to three lawmakers with knowledge of the proposal. 

A new report finds Illinois has continued making health care payments for people who died, despite officials saying last year that the problem needed to be fixed.

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Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his state of the state address Wednesday, and if his preview speeches are any indication, the governor will continue to blame part of Illinois' budget problems on the salaries and benefits of state workers. 

State: 685,000 people sign up under health law in IL

Sep 30, 2014

It's been a year since the Affordable Care Act launched in Illinois. The state says 685,000 people have taken advantage of the law --- more than expected.

The state of Illinois has been undertaking a massive change to its system of health care for the poor, elderly and disabled. IT's meant to streamline the struggling system and save money. But some say the state is moving too slowly.

Illinois sees surge of Medicaid patients

Apr 29, 2014

Illinois officials are dealing with a surge of new patients in the Medicaid program. Its part of last month's rush of people seeking coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

This year, Illinois began a program to cull the state's Medicaid rolls.  So far, it has resulted in two out of every five recipients being dropped. But some lawmakers say a new agreement with a labor union jeopardizes further cost savings. 

Little accomplished in first week of veto session

Oct 24, 2013

Illinois legislators were supposed to meet this week for three days as part of the fall veto session. Instead they left Springfield after only two. Little was accomplished during that time. 

Governor enacts new law expanding Medicaid

Jul 23, 2013

Even as Congress looks to further roll back President Barack Obama's signature health care program, his home state is officially implementing a key part of it. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more on a new Illinois law expanding Medicaid.

For the first time, low-income adults without children will be eligible for Medicaid. Specifically, adults within 138-percent of the poverty level, so someone making just under $16,000.

Il Senate approves Medicaid measure

May 29, 2013

A measure that would implement a key part of “Obamacare” in Illinois is on its way to the governor’s desk, after it was approved by the Senate Tuesday.

Il House approves Medicaid expansion

May 28, 2013

Low-income adults who do not have children would for the first time be eligible for state-backed health care coverage under a measure approved Monday in the Illinois House. The Medicaid expansion is a signature plank of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Lawmakers have a lot of work to do before legislative session wraps up

May 27, 2013

There are five days left in the Illinois General Assembly's spring session.  And as IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports legislators have a lot of work ahead of them.

Typically, fighting over the budget carries into the waning hours of a legislative session. But Democrats, who have enough seats to pass a spending plan without any Republican votes, say they've already reached a deal.

Lawmakers consider expanding Medicaid

May 22, 2013

The Illinois House is advancing a measure that would significantly expand Illinois' health care for the poor. Under this legislation, Medicaid would for the first time cover adults who do not have children.Representative Sara Feigenholtz, a Democrat from Chicago, says in a way, we're already paying for these people's health care.

Early results of a study of Illinois' Medicaid rolls show many recipients don't actually qualify. As part of a broad overhaul of Medicaid, the state's health care program for the poor, Illinois hired a company, Maximus, to verify recipients' eligibility. 

Savings from medicaid cuts fall short

Feb 21, 2013

Illinois officials say savings from cuts to Medicaid have fallen short by $464-million dollars. That's about 30 percent of the expected 1.6-billion dollars in cuts to the health program for the poor.

Julie Hamos, director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, gave a status report on the cost-cutting measures to a legislative committee Thursday in Springfield.