Medicaid Explained: How It Works & Why It’s So Important

Illinois’ investments in Medicaid and related health insurance programs have resulted in one of the lowest uninsured rates for children in the nation. Threatened cuts to Medicaid, however, would jeopardize access to health care for low-income children, their families, and vulnerable populations such as the elderly and disabled. With state Medicaid spending per enrollee already the lowest in the Midwest, policymakers should not cut access to health care in an attempt to solve the state’s budget crisis. 

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This chartbook conveys the importance of investing in the well-being of our children and the families and communities in which they develop in order to build a stronger state now and in the future. It also makes the case for making tax and budget decisions today that shore-up instead of undermine these investments.


In addition to deep cuts to services, Governor Rauner’s cuts-only budget proposal would slash revenue sharing to localities in half — more than $600 million. Find out how much communities around the state stand to lose and why it threatens their ability to provide core services their residents’ demand.

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March 23, 2015

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a highly successful program that, together with Medicaid, has steadily decreased the proportion of children without health insurance.…

March 20, 2015

Voices recently released its Illinois Kids Count 2015 report, which showed that child poverty rates in our state remain higher than pre-recession levels and are much higher than they were in 2000.…

March 20, 2015

At a Senate Human Services Appropriations Committee hearing on Monday, individuals that would be harmed by Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts spoke out.…

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