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Illinois's Stopgap Budget Offers Only Temporary, Partial Relief to Medicaid Recipients and Their Healthcare and Human Services Providers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michelle Nicolet, Marketing Director
312.368.2675, mnicolet@povertylaw.org

Jill Wohl, External Relations
773.562.0159, jwohl@legalcouncil.org

The stopgap budget passed by the Illinois General Assembly and signed by Governor Rauner on June 30 will bring some needed respite to healthcare and human services providers and their low-income patients, who have been suffering for over a year during the state budget impasse. However, this stopgap funding is temporary and provides only partial relief.  Moreover, it does not appropriate funds for healthcare at all, instead relying on court orders to require the spending on healthcare.

To ensure that 3.1 million low-income Illinoisans have continued access to necessary coverage and services, the parties to Memisovski v. Maram and Beeks v. Bradley will enter into an Agreed Order requiring the state to continue all Medicaid payments to providers through Illinois FY 2017.

Poor people and their healthcare providers should not have to rely on court orders to secure funding for Medicaid-funded health services. And they need access to all of the human services programs that are not technically funded by Medicaid, but that contribute immensely to their health and well-being. When social and economic needs are met, people achieve better health outcomes, and this ultimately saves money.  We call on the state’s leaders to pass a fully funded, full-year budget, with adequate revenue to support vital programs immediately after the election in November. It’s time to stop the cuts and start to make smart investments for the future of our state.


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We specialize in practical solutions. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation’s legal aid providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients. www.povertylaw.org

Legal Council for Health Justice (formerly AIDS Legal Council of Chicago) uses the power of the law to secure dignity, opportunity, and well-being for people facing barriers due to illness and disability. Our evidence-based medical-legal partnership programs work uniquely with health and hospital systems to train and support the care provider network, provide direct representation to referred patients, and conduct systemic advocacy to promote health equity among populations facing chronic, disabling, and stigmatized health and social conditions. www.legalcouncil.org

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