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Health & Medicine Resolution Opposing Governor Rauner’s Medicaid Cuts

Wesley Epplin
March 27, 2015
Since Illinois’ new Governor, Bruce Rauner, gave his budget address on February 18, Health & Medicine has been working closely with other health advocates to fight back against the proposed cuts to Medicaid and other health and social safety net programs.  

1. We would like to share a brief update on some of our advocacy regarding Medicaid:Today, we are sharing Health & Medicine’s Resolution to OPPOSE Governor Rauner’s Cuts to Medicaid.  It begins:

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group encourages the Illinois General Assembly to reject the approximately $1.5 billion in cuts in Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal.  Our government has the responsibility to improve the lives of people of State of Illinois, particularly poor and underserved communities.  

You can read the entire statement below or by clicking here.

2. Also, if you missed it, Health & Medicine had a recent opinion piece in Crain’s focused on the Medicaid cuts: First, do no harm? Rauner's Medicaid budget an economic drain.

The governor campaigned on a promise of “shaking up Springfield” and making Illinois “compassionate and competitive.” However, his proposed cuts to the safety net are akin to bloodletting: disproven and harmful to people's health, and a drain on Illinois' economy and budget. 

Read more.

3. You can follow along and join the conversation against Medicaid cuts via Twitter, using the following hashtags (and remember to follow @HMPRG): 
  • #KeepILHealthy (to follow the Medicaid conversation)
  • #TWILL (to connect the conversation with other Illinois issues)
  • #NoCuts (to connect with the broader fight against austerity)

Wesley Epplin is a Health & Medicine Policy Analyst focused on the health safety net, health reform, health workforce, and public health.  You can follow him on Twitter here.