The Special Senate Committee on Medicaid Reform met December 14 and took testimony from healthcare providers and representatives from the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, Illinois Retail Merchants, United States Department of Health and Human Services, and Illinois Health Connect.

Testimony included cost-saving ideas such as streamlining services, reducing waste and fraud, and reforms that have been successful in other states including Texas, California and Tennessee. The Committee, chaired by Senator Dale Righter of Mattoon and Senator Heather Steans of Chicago, plans to meet again December 21.

Medicaid reform has been discussed for years, and several studies have been conducted on the issue. The research generated a number of legislative proposals to restructure Medicaid, but no significant action has been taken to reduce the overwhelming financial burden of the program.

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