The Illinois House and Senate this week voted to cut Medicaid spending by $1.6-billion dollars as part of a plan to save an eventual $2.7-billion and save the program from financial collapse. On this week's Illinois Lawmakers, House Human Services Appropriations Chairperson Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D) Chicago and Rep. Patti Bellock (R) Hinsdale, the House GOP pointperson on Medicaid reform outline the bipartisan agreement to make deep cuts in the healthcare program for the poor to ensure its survival. Passage of a dollar a pack increase in the state cigarette tax will be the next step in solving the Medicaid crisis.
Later, Senate Education Committee Vice Chairperson Kimberly Lightford (D) Maywood and Rep. Darlene Senger (R) Naperville discuss the funding outlook for the state's elementary and secondary schools in the coming year. Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau chief Amanda Vinicky updates viewers on this week's legislative news including House passage of a major gambling expansion and agreement on Medicaid reform. Hosted by Jak Tichenor.