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Hospitals: Quinn Medicaid cut could force closures

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Hospital Association says Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed cut to Medicaid spending would result in hospital layoffs and closures.

The organization issued a statement Wednesday following the governor's budget address.

Quinn says the health care program that covers 2.7 million people in Illinois is "on the brink of collapse." He says Illinois must cut Medicaid spending by $2.7 billion to keep the system working.

The Democratic governor didn't offer a plan for achieving that savings. He says a special working group will study the problem.

The hospital group says cuts would force many facilities to eliminate services, lay off staff or close.

The Illinois State Medical Society also issued a statement, calling the governor's Medicaid proposal "shocking." The medical society represents Illinois doctors.

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