Quinn to Sign Illinois Medicaid Cuts Restoration

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is set to sign legislation that would restore Medicaid cuts made two years along with other changes.

The Chicago Democrat’s office says he’ll sign the bill on Monday at a Chicago hospital. In 2012, funding for adult dental and podiatry services was cut to save money.

Republicans have expressed concerns about sustaining services during a difficult budget year.

Democratic Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago sponsored the bill. He says the cuts didn’t save the state money because people wound up in the emergency room, where care is more expensive.

The changes outlined in the legislation take effective over four years.

Medicaid is a state and federal program that pays medical expenses for the poor and disabled.

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