The Senate Special Committee on Medicaid Reform and the Senate Special Committee on Workers’ Compensation Reform are currently reviewing the state’s Medicaid program and workers’ compensation laws, with a goal of submitting reports on the issues by a January 3, 2011, deadline.

MEDICAID REFORMS OVERDUE

Medicaid reform has been discussed for years, and numerous 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.

There are more people on Medicaid today than at any time in the history of our state. With the federal health care plan scheduled to take effect in 2014, it’s imperative that Illinois adopt reforms to streamline Medicaid services and reduce wasteful spending.

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