The bulk of the “cuts” Governor Pat Quinn made to the state budget June 30 will not reduce the state budget, but instead push the state deeper into debt, by further delaying payments on state Medicaid obligations, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Earlier in the week, a jury convicted former Governor Rod Blagojevich on 17 of 20 counts of corruption, and a workers’ compensation reform measure was signed into law.

Though the Governor is touting $276 million in cuts to the state’s Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals, Senator Bivins said that the Medicaid reimbursement rate has not been changed so the Governor’s action will simply extend the payment cycle to providers. The budget plan sent to Governor Quinn had already relied on pushing off payments of almost $1.1 billion Medicaid bills into the next fiscal year, so the Governor’s “cut” will increase that amount to nearly $1.4 billion." />

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