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Sara Feigenholtz
Rauner budget strikes at Illinois hospitals, nursing homes

In proposing to cut Illinois' Medicaid program by $1.5 billion, Gov. Bruce Rauner has chosen to go toe-to-toe with three powerful business lobbies: retail pharmacies, nursing homes and hospitals. The Republican wants to reinstate service cuts temporarily made to Medicaid in 2012 and later restored by the Legislature and his Democratic predecessor, Gov. Pat Quinn. That would eliminate — again — optional Medicaid services such as adult dental care and podiatry. But Rauner surprised stakeholders by pushing further: proposing nearly $1 billion in payment cuts to health care institutions that traditionally have been able to fight them off. Medicaid occupies a huge part of all...