Legislators urged to oppose drastic Medicaid cuts by Norwegian American Hospital’s Board

Date: 
04/09/2015
NoBudgCuts

Illinois State Senator William Delgado, 2nd District, and Illinois State Representatives Luis Arroyo, 3rd District, and Cynthia Soto, 4th District, are being urged to support hospitals and oppose drastic Medicaid cuts by the Board of Trustees/Directors of Norwegian American Hospital (NAH), 1044 North Francisco Ave. 

Recognizing the critical role that hospitals play to ensure the health and economic well-being of their local communities and the state, the Board's resolution cites contributions of NAH in providing high quality, cost efficient care, transforming Medicaid and the health care delivery system and strengthening the local economy, warning of the dire consequences of drastic Medicaid cuts as proposed by the Governor. 

“The Governor’s budget proposal radically cuts Medicaid funding to Norwegian American Hospital and hospitals across the state by nearly $800 million – that would result in the loss of more than 12,500 jobs and $1.7 billion in economic activity statewide. 

“These Medicaid cuts jeopardize access to health care services and good paying, professional jobs for our community.” 

“We are urging our state legislators to work with us and the Illinois Hospital Association to consider and enact workable and reasonable alternatives to these devastating Medicaid cuts,” said José R. Sánchez, president and CEO of NAH. 

NAH employs 850 people from the local community. Statewide, hospitals provide nearly 450,000 direct and indirect jobs, with an economic impact to the local and state economies of more than $83 billion a year.  

“We are deeply concerned that the proposed Medicaid cuts would undermine the ongoing transformation of the state’s Medicaid program and health delivery system as well as jeopardize access to health care and the creation and retention of good paying, professional jobs,” said Sánchez.

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