Illinois governor signs Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax -

Illinois governor signs Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax

 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a $2.7 billion package of cuts and taxes designed to repair a long-term deficit in the state's Medicaid program.

   The Chicago Democrat signed the five bills Thursday, including a tax increase on cigarettes of $1 per pack. Quinn says lawmakers "worked together in a bipartisan manner to tackle a grave crisis."

   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 on 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.

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