Illinois lawmakers approve $23 million in cuts to LTC facilities

Share this article:

Payment cuts to Illinois long-term care facilities totaled $23 million in the final FY 2006 budget approved by lawmakers in the Illinois General Assembly this week.

The state's $43.6 billion fiscal 2006 operating budget also includes reductions in Medicare co-pays for dual eligibles to $23 million from the proposed $30 million cuts. Initially, the administration also proposed $80 million in cuts to long-term care facilities, according to the Illinois Health Care Association.

A restructuring of the state pension plan enabled a nearly $2 billion budget hole to be filled without massive cuts to other programs. But State Treasurer Judy Barr Topinka has requested an opinion from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as to the legality of the pension restructuring as well as the votes taken by the General Assembly.   Madigan's opinion could determine if the current budget deal will remain.

Share this article:

More in News

Long-term care continues to lead in deal volume and value: PwC report

Long-term care continues to lead in deal volume ...

Long-term care bucked healthcare industry trends with strong merger and acquisition activity in the second quarter of 2014, according to newly released data from professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Empowering nurse practitioners could reduce hospitalizations from SNFs, study finds

Granting more authority to nurse practitioners is associated with reduced hospitalization of skilled nursing facility residents, according to recently published findings.

Pioneer ACO drops out of program, despite reductions in skilled nursing utilization

A California healthcare system has become the latest dropout from the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, despite reducing skilled nursing facility utilization and improving its readmission rates. Sharp HealthCare announced its decision in a quarterly financial statement released Tuesday.