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HMPRG Stands with Advocates Across the State inSupport of Solutions to the Medicaid Financing Challenge (Revised list of supporters)

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
March 28, 2012

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Keep Illinois Medicaid Strong: Principles for Financial Stability

The Illinois Medicaid program provides life-saving health coverage to nearly 2.7 million low-income children, parents, seniors, and people with disabilities and behavioral health needs, including addiction and mental illness. However, the program faces a $2.7 billion deficit this year, and legislators are exploring a range of solutions. We all need to ask: How much does each of these “solutions” actually cost us in health and long-term care outcomes and state funds? Our organizations endorse the following principles for stabilizing the Illinois Medicaid program.

Solutions such as cutting prescription drug coverage, eligibility, or optional services are unacceptable and will drive up long-term state costs. The services people on Medicaid receive now reduce future state health spending by providing prevention services and early intervention.

Transformative Medicaid reforms are being implemented but need time to work. To improve the health and lives of Medicaid recipients while reducing costs, Illinois is contracting with commercial managed care companies and networks of providers to implement robust care coordination models. However, these programs cannot be in place overnight.

The General Assembly and Governor have underfunded Medicaid for 20 years; a multi-year solution is needed to balance the program budget. Medicaid reforms enacted in 2011 already establish a decade-long glide path to pay old bills, and this plan should be followed.

The Medicaid budget cannot be balanced with Medicaid cuts alone. New revenue and savings from legislative changes in other budget areas must be applied to Medicaid. Medicaid cannot be firewalled from the rest of the state budget; it is an economic engine that supports families, creates jobs, and helps children learn.?

Supporters (3/28/12)

AARP Illinois

Access Living

AgeOptions

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

American Cancer Society, Illinois Division

Campaign for Better Health Care

Citizen Action Illinois

Chicago ADAPT

CJE SeniorLife

Health and Disability Advocates

Health and Medicine Policy Research Group

IL Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association

IL Alliance for Retired Americans

IL Association of Public Health Administrators

IL Association of Rehabilitation Facilities

IL Chiropractic Society

IL Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

IL Maternal and Child Health Coalition

IL Society for Advanced Practice Nursing

IL Partners for Human Service

IL Public Health Association

IL Primary Health Care Association

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights

New Age Services

Ounce of Prevention Fund

Planned Parenthood of Illinois

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana

SEIU Illinois Council