Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pat Quinn has signed a $2.7 billion package of cuts and taxes designed to repair a deficit in the state's Medicaid program.
Calling it a "bi-partisan" effort, Quinn signed five bills Thursday, including a $1.00 per pack tax increase on cigarettes.
The cuts will mean leaner services for the state's 2.7 million Medicaid patients. More than 25,000 working parents will lose their state-funded health coverage July 1.
Some nursing homes and hospitals will see their Medicaid payments reduced.
Illinois is eliminating extras like regular dental care for adults; eyeglasses will be limited to one pair every two years. Patients will be limited to four prescription drugs per month without prior state approval.