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. 

In Focus


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.

A Stronger Illinois for Web-23

We are a stronger Illinois when we invest in strong families, communities, and local economies. By highlighting the stories of real Illinoisans, a new series of reports from the Fiscal Policy Center shows that our state creates a brighter future when we make critical public investments.

Fiscal Notes Blog

February 24, 2015

Tucked into Governor Rauner’s budget is a provision that would make it harder for low-income households to heat their homes.…

February 24, 2015

Communities across the state will feel the pain if Governor Rauner’s cuts-only approach to the Fiscal Year 2016 budget becomes law.…

February 24, 2015

Emily Miller, Voices director of policy and advocacy, appeared on CLTV’s Politics Tonight to discuss the negative impact of Governor Rauner’s cuts-only proposed budget and why revenue must be part of the solution.…

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