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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April 17, 2015

Last week, disability rights advocates protested Governor Rauner’s reckless proposed cuts to services that help people with disabilities live with dignity and independence.…

April 17, 2015

The consequences of Governor Rauner’s Good Friday grant terminations are becoming clearer by the day.…

April 6, 2015

The Responsible Budget Coalition issued the following statement in response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s unilateral termination of critical state programs last Friday:

Responsible Budget Coalition Opposes Governor Rauner’s Unilateral Elimination of State Programs
Last Friday, the Illinois Department of Human Services immediately terminated all contracts for services delivered by 22 state programs that serve thousands of people throughout the state of Illinois.…

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