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.