U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, St. Sen. Christine Radogno, Illinois Senate Republican Leader, St. Rep. Tom Cross, Illinois House Republican Leader, Kristina Rasmussen, Executive Vice President, Illinois Policy Institute
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam hosted conference call with leading Illinois Republicans and policy experts to discuss what the Democrats’ healthcare bill will cost the state of Illinois. The current healthcare overhaul before Congress achieves the majority of its coverage of the uninsured through an expansion of Medicaid. Medicaid’s problems in Illinois and across the country are numerous.
The estimated Illinois budget deficit for FY2011 is one of the largest in the nation at $12.8 billion. In FY2009, Medicaid represented about one-third of the Illinois budget, making it the largest item in the budget. It is also the fastest-growing budget item, having increased 65% from 2001 to 2008.
Illinois’ Medicaid Director has yet to respond to a November 2009 letter authored by the Illinois Republican Congressional Delegation on how the health reform legislation would impact Illinois’ Medicaid system. Additionally, Rep. Cross sent a letter in January to Gov. Quinn asking him to detail how much the national healthcare overhaul would cost the State of Illinois. Multiple estimates put Illinois’ state-share of expansion of coverage over $1 billion.
Medicaid beneficiaries find it increasingly difficult to access quality healthcare services. Medicaid is built on a broken foundation, causing the Illinois State Medical Society to pen an open letter to patients opposing building upon its faulty infrastructure.