Illinois budget cuts include $106 million less for Medicaid

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Cuts to Medicaid will make up about one-third of the $300 million in spending reductions by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office as part of a budget fix for this fiscal year.
Rauner’s office shared a letter detailing the $106 million in cuts to service providers in the health care program for the poor. The governor’s office says the providers’ reimbursement rates will reduced by 16.75 percent. Hospital and mental health services will be exempt from reductions.
In addition to Medicaid, the administration also will reduce funding for services for domestic violence victims, homeless young people and rape victims, as well as community colleges and student grants.
Details of the cuts to various agencies come about a month after lawmakers approved legislation to close a $1.6 billion budget gap.