Illinois Health Care Vote Gets Closer

Legislators hope to plug $2.7 billion fiscal hole

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    Illinois lawmakers are getting closer to a health care proposal that would significantly cut benefits for the state's poor.

    The latest version of the legislation includes a reduction of services to the tune of roughly $1.3 billion.  The measure would reduce care for hundreds of thousands, eliminating it for some. 

    The bill was proposed by Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago).

    The proposal, which is a part of Senate Bill 2840, would additionally reduce payments to nursing homes and hospitals by $240 million.

    A House committee approved the Bill Thursday.  A vote by the full House could come soon.

    Separate legislation proposing a cigarette tax increase of $1 is also being considered, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    The package, in its entirety, is designed to close a $2.7 million gap in Medicaid funding to improve the Illinois state budget.